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 – reference of all Commonwealth entities and companies that are subject to the PGPA Act
- Governance policy – considerations and decisions influencing the design of a body’s governance structure
- Contestability Programme – assessing functions of the Australian Government to determine if performance can be improved through alternative structures, processes or provider arrangements
- Australian Government Organisations Register – provides information on the function, composition, origins and other details of approximately 1,200 Australian Government entities, bodies and relationships
- Governance structures in the public sector – provides an overview of the types of structures used across the Commonwealth public sector
- Machinery of Government changes – practical guidance to help implement organisational or functional changes affecting the Commonwealth
- Government Business Enterprises (GBEs) – rules and guidance for prescribing GBEs
The flipchart shows all Commonwealth entities and companies that are subject to the PGPA Act:
- Flipchart of Commonwealth entities and companies [ 450 KB]
- Flipchart of Commonwealth entities and companies [ 102 KB]
- List of GGS, PNFC and PFC entities under the PGPA Act [ 1.09 MB]
- List of GGS, PNFC and PFC entities under the PGPA Act [ 124 KB]
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 Commonwealth entity or to move functions/ responsibilities between Commonwealth entities
- movement of functions into, or out of, the Australian Public Service.
The Australian Public Service Commission, in conjunction with Finance has developed Implementing machinery of government changes (the Guide) as a source of practical guidance to help entities implement MoG changes. The guide provides:
- an overview of the MoG process
- protocols for resolving the 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 entity.
Additional information on the followings topics in the Guide and checklists can be found here.
- Delegations of Powers
- Special Accounts
- Special Appropriations
- Information Technology
Last updated: 01 August 2016