Frequently asked questions

This page contains some of the frequently asked questions about the Commonwealth Resource Management Framework, and the PGPA Act which is the cornerstone of the Framework. The questions are divided into the following categories:

  1. Features of the PGPA Act
  2. The PMRA agenda
  3. Accountable authorities, officials and governing entities
  4. Planning and performance
  5. Use and management of public resources
  6. Working with others

For further information on any of the FAQs or questions not answered below, please contact us at pmra@finance.gov.au.

1. Features of the PGPA Act

1.1 What is the PGPA Act?

1.2 What legislative instruments support the PGPA Act, and where can I find them?

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2. The Public Management Reform Agenda (PMRA)

2.1 What is the PMRA?

2.2 What is happening with differential regulation as part of the reform?

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3. Accountable authorities, officials and internal controls

3.1 What or who is an accountable authority?

3.2 Where can I find information about the duties and powers of accountable authorities under the PGPA Act?

3.3 Can accountable authorities issue instructions to officials under the PGPA Act? What are accountable authority instructions (AAIs) and what effect do they have?

3.4 Are there model AAIs?

3.5 Has the Finance Minister delegated powers in the PGPA Act to accountable authorities?

3.6 Who is and isn't an official under the PGPA Act?

3.7 Where can I find information about my duties as an official under the PGPA Act?

3.8 What happened with allocated officials (FMA Regulations 4 and 5) arrangements established before 1 July 2015?

3.9 After 1 July 2015, can 'new' allocated officials be created?

3.10 What is meant by 'granting' an indemnity under section 60 of the PGPA Act?

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4. Planning and performance

4.1 Why is a new performance framework being introduced?

4.2 What is the status of the performance framework?

4.3 What are the main elements of the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework?

Corporate plans

4.4 What is the purpose of corporate plans?

4.5 Who has to do corporate plans?

4.6 What about entities and companies that already have corporate plans, will there be any differences?

4.7 When will corporate plans be required?

4.8 What is the process for providing corporate plans to the Minister for Finance?

4.9 Do I need to republish my Corporate Plan if there is a change or variation made to the plan during the year?

4.10 Where can I find information on the minimum requirements of corporate plans?

4.11 What is the relationship between Portfolio Budget Statements and corporate plans?

4.12 Do entities still have to use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure and report on their performance?

4.13 What are the 'reporting periods' of the corporate plan?

Annual performance statements

4.14 What is the purpose of the annual performance statements?

4.15 How do annual performance statements relate to corporate plans?

4.16 What is the annual performance statements 'reporting period'?

4.17 When will the annual performance statements be required?

4.18 Where can I find information on the minimum requirements of the annual performance statements?

4.19 Will annual performance statements be audited?

4.20 Is the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework affected by the Regulator Performance Framework?

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5. Use and management of public resources

5.1 What are public resources, relevant money and relevant property?

5.2 Where can I find more information on leasing, building or disposing of property?

5.3 What is a proposed commitment of relevant money?

5.4 What does a delegate have to do to provide approval for a commitment of relevant money?

5.5 What is a better practice example of 'as soon as practicable'?

5.6 What could a delegate record for the approval of a commitment of relevant money?

5.7 How do I approve commitments of relevant money under s32B of the Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Act 1997?

5.8 What is an "arrangement" for the purposes of section 23 of the PGPA Act?

5.9 What does "administer an arrangement" mean for the purposes of section 23 of the PGPA Act?

5.10 Do I need a delegation as having a suitably robust regime in place to enter an other CRF money arrangement (s105 of the PGPA Act and s29 of the PGPA Rule)?

5.11 Are all arrangements made with persons outside the Commonwealth other CRF money arrangements?

5.12 If a person outside of the Commonwealth is using or managing money in a way that could be characterised as other CRF money arrangement, is an other CRF money arrangement the only way to manage the arrangement?

5.13 Are there any restrictions on the persons with whom I may enter an other CRF money arrangement with?

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6. Working with others

6.1 How does the PGPA Act improve cooperation with other jurisdictions and sectors?

6.2 Where can I find more about establishing inter-jurisdictional entities?

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For more information contact: pmra@finance.gov.au.

Last updated: 19 August 2016