Governance structures

Finance develops policy and provides whole-of-government advice on appropriate governance arrangements for the range of Commonwealth bodies.

The following publications and guides assist Commonwealth bodies with governance issues.

PGPA Flipchart and Entity list

The flipchart shows all Commonwealth entities and companies that are subject to the PGPA Act:

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Governance policy

An updated governance policy is in consultation for release later in 2014. In the meantime, please contact

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List of Australian Government bodies and governance relationships – 2009

The list will be replaced by an online database of Australian Government entities later in 2014.

 The list of Australian Government bodies and governance relationshipswas last published in 2009.  The list provides a broad overview of the administrative, legal and financial structures that the Australian Government uses to develop and administer policies, deliver services and to enforce laws.

The list:

  • identifies agencies under the former FMA Act and bodies under the former CAC Act
  • provides details of statutory and non-statutory bodies, companies and incorporated associations that the Australian Government controls or has an interest in at a formal level, such as an ability to appoint directors.
  • details separately-branded functions and formal relationships that are commonly treated like bodies such as trusts, partnerships and joint ventures
  • sets out parliamentary bodies are led in a separate part.

Contact details for Commonwealth bodies or officials in those bodies are on Government Online Directoryexternal link.

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Machinery of Government changes

The terms ‘machinery of government changes’ (MoG changes) and ‘administrative re-arrangements’ are interchangeable and are used to describe a variety of organisational or functional changes affecting the Commonwealth.

Some common examples of MoG changes are:

  • changes to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) following a Prime Ministerial decision to abolish or create a department or to move functions/ responsibilities between departments/agencies
  • creation of a new statutory agency or executive agency, or abolition of such agencies
  • movement of functions into, or out of, the APS.

The Australian Public Service Commission, in conjunction with Finance has developed Implementing machinery of government changesexternal link as a source of practical guidance to help entities implement MoG changes. The guide provides:

  • an overview of the MoG process
  • protocols for resolving transfer of resources
  • principles and approaches for planning and implementing MoG changes, including a timeframe for key events
  • guidance on financial management and people management
  • advice on managing physical relocations, information, records, data and taxation
  • information on setting up a new APS agency.

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