PMRA Newsletter

The PMRA Newsletter keeps officials informed on the latest announcements, events and consultations related to the PMRA, PGPA Act and related areas of public sector reform.

Contact pmra@finance.gov.au if you’d like to receive the PMRA Newsletter by e-mail.

2017 PMRA Newsletters

PMRA Newsletter 44 - 12 May 2017
  • PGPA delegation updated – 1 April 2017
  • Updated guidance on Finance website
  • Flipchart of Commonwealth entities and companies update – 1 May 2017
  • PGPA Consultation 2017
  • Comcover Education Program
PMRA Newsletter 43 - 10 March
2017
  • Performance Community of Practice Workshops
  • Direction on requirements for Performance Information
  • Comcover Education Program
  • The PGPA entity flipchart updated
  • The Red Tape Rebels in action

2016 PMRA Newsletters

PMRA Newsletter 42 - 21 December 2016
  • New guide to the PGPA Act for accountable authorities (RMG 200)
  • Performance Community of Practice on Lessons Learned
  • Revised model accountable authority instructions (AAIs) for corporate Commonwealth entities (RMG 206) 
  • Implementing the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy (RMG 211)
  • Seeking good practice case studies
  • Other updated Resource Management Guidance
PMRA Newsletter 41  - 2 December  2016
  • Invitation to the Performance Community of Practice
  • The APS Corporate Governance Forum
  • Red Tape Rebels Network Launched!
  • Updated Resource Management Guidance
PMRA Newsletter 40 - 15 November  2016
  • Implementing the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy
  • Comcover Education Program -  SES Professional Development Program in Risk Management
  • Invitation to Request Finance Feedback on 2016-17 Corporate Plans
  • Paul Levi is leaving Finance!
  • Public Management Reform Agenda (PMRA) CFO Survey 2016
  • JCPAA inquiry: Commonwealth Performance Framework – Inquiry based on Auditor-General’s Reports 6 (2016-17) and 31 (2015-16)
PMRA Newsletter 39 - 22 September 2016
  • 2016-17 Corporate plans - update on progress
  • 2015-16 Corporate Plans - continued access
  • PGPA Annual Report Rule - corrections
  • Quick Reference Guide for RMG 131 Developing good performance information
  • Public Management Reform Agenda (PMRA) CFO Survey 2016
PMRA Newsletter 38 - 9 August 2016
  • Streamlining your entity's accountable authority instructions (AAIs)
  • Significant non-compliance with finance law
  • Updated annual performance statement guidance and enhanced Commonwealth performance framework overview
  • Draft quick reference guide for RMG 131 Developing Good Performance Information
  • Final 2016-17 corporate plans guidance for Commonwealth entities and Commonwealth companies
  • Final annual reports guidance for Commonwealth entities
  • Final maturity model
  • Department of Finance (Comcover) - Insurance and Risk Management Conference
  • Comcover Learning Centre Updated
PMRA Newsletter 37 - 12 April 2016
  • Review of model AAIs
  • Consultation Open - Draft Performance Maturity Model
  • Upcoming Academic Symposium on Developing Entity Impact Performance Stories
  • Recent IPAA event – Quit the Red Tape Habit
  • Update - Comcover’s SES Education Program – promoting better risk management
PMRA Newsletter 36 - 19 February 2016
  • Invitation to the Performance Community of Practice
  • Consultation paper on annual reporting requirements now available
  • Update on JCPAA Commonwealth Performance Framework inquiry
  • 2016 SES Professional Development Programme in Risk Management
  • 2016 Comcover Seminar Series – Exploring Risk Appetite and Tolerance
  • 2016 Comcover Risk Management Survey

2015 PMRA Newsletters

PMRA Newsletter 35 - 22 December 2015
  • Commencement of the enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework
  • Belcher Review on Internal Red Tape
  • Updated guidance for the Commonwealth Governance Structures Policy
  • Changes to compliance reporting
  • Other reforms heading into 2016
PMRA Newsletter 34 - 20 November 2015
  • Belcher Red Tape Review released
  • Commonwealth Resource Management Companion updated
  • Online PGPA Act reference (beta) available for feedback
  • Joining up with the APS Innovation Hub
PMRA Newsletter 33 – 30 October 2015
  • Findings from PGPA benefits realisation survey
  • Consultation Paper — Presentation of performance information in Portfolio Budget Statements from 2016-17
  • Updates to the whole-of-government procurement framework
  • Transcript and videos available from IPAA ACT 2015 Conference
  • Comcover Education Programme — building capability in risk management
  • SES Professional Development Programme in Risk Management
PMRA Newsletter 32 – 1 October 2015
  • 2015-16 corporate plans
  • Upcoming performance events
  • PBS policy paper and entity consultation
  • RM training news
  • Comcover training courses and seminar series
  • Compliance reports due 15 October
  • MoG changes
PMRA Newsletter 31 – 18 August 2015
  • Finance Secretary’s speech on reforming the public sector and the PGPA Act
  • New information sheet: audit committees and performance reporting
  • Review of resource management guides
  • On-demand PGPA Framework training
  • Performance Framework Event – Strengthening performance measurement across the Commonwealth
  • Comcover training courses and seminar series
  • PGPA Act benefits realisation survey now closed
  • Compliance options discussion paper
  • Australian Government Charging Framework released
PMRA Newsletter 30 – 22 July 2015
  • Corporate Plans – offer to review draft corporate plan materials
  • PGPA Act – Benefits realisation survey closes this Friday 24 July
  • PMRA Update for non-corporate entities this Friday 24 July
  • PGPA Framework Training – Thursday 30 July
  • Upcoming risk management training and events
  • Transitional Compliance Certificate
PMRA Newsletter 29 (PGPA Act: One year on Part 2) – 10 July 2015
  • PGPA benefits realisation survey
  • Seven opportunities to implement reforms
  • Online PGPA Act coming soon
PMRA Newsletter 28 (PGPA Act: One year on Part 1) – 26 June 2015
  • Officials and the ability to prescribe certain contractors as officials
  • New arrangements for retaining some receipts relating to GST
  • Changes to some entities on 1 July 2015
  • End of drawing rights on 30 June 2015
  • Audit committee changes for 1 July 2015
  • Enhanced Commonwealth performance framework commences
PMRA Newsletter 27 – 29 May 2015
  • Internal Regulation Review
  • New Commonwealth Resource Management Framework Companion – RMG-001
  • Updated Resource Management Glossary
  • Enhanced Commonwealth performance framework
  • Draft model Accountable Authority Instructions for corporate Commonwealth entities out for consultation
PMRA Newsletter 26 – 1 May 2015
  • Rules and guidance for the enhance Commonwealth performance framework now available
PMRA Newsletter 25 – 8 April 2015
  • Discussion forums on the PMRA Community on Govdex
  • Update on the Enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework
  • What else is new
  • Future Reforms
PMRA Newsletter 24 – 20 February 2015
  • What’s new
  • Reform consultation
  • Upcoming events
  • Four reasons to follow the PMRA Govdex Community

2014 PMRA Newsletters

PMRA Newsletter 23 – 19 December 2014
  • 2014 in review
  • Looking towards 2015
PMRA Newsletter 22 – 8 December 2014
  • PGPA Legislation Amendment (RBA and Other Measures) Rule 2014 amended the PGPA Rule 2014 on 29 November 2014.
  • Commonwealth Resource Management (CRM) eLearning modules can be completed or downloaded from the Finance website.
PMRA Newsletter 21 – 26 November 2014
  • Draft Enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework rules and guidance now available
  • Estimates Memorandum on Transferring Leave Entitlements – Payments when employees move between entities now available
  • Commonwealth Contracting Suite for procurements under $200k is now live
PMRA Newsletter 20 – 11 November 2014
  • updated Resource Management and Budget Training Program
  • new Commonwealth Resource Management eLearning modules
  • new Introduction to Risk Management eLearning module
  • new Fraud Awareness eLearning Training Package
PMRA Newsletter 19 – 28 October 2014
  • Draft Resource Management Guide covering Indemnities, guarantees or warranties granted by the Commonwealth under the PGPA Act
  • Feedback on the Performance Framework discussion paper and next steps
  • Draft PGPA Commonwealth Entity Financial Reporting Rule
  • New resources available on the PMRA GovDex Community
  • Reform information and consultations that are coming up
PMRA Newsletter 18 –26 September 2014
  • PMRA GovDex Community updated to support stage 2 reforms
  • Forum established on PMRA GovDex Community to share ideas to reform entity internal controls
  • PGPA Legislation Amendment Rule 2014 commenced on 19 September
  • Government response to JCPAA report 441: PGPA Rules development tabled on 25 September
PMRA Newsletter 17 –12 September 2014
  • September dates for practitioner information sessions on enhancing the Commonwealth Performance Framework
  • Updated draft guidance on compliance reporting under the PGPA Act
  • ANAO seeking feedback on better practice guides on audit committees and preparing financial statements
  • New information on the resource management website to assist entities and officials.
PMRA Newsletter 16 – 5 September 2014
  • Enhancing the Commonwealth Performance Framework – discussion paper released with comments due 29 September.
  • Establishment of a Community of Practice to discuss opportunities for entities to reform Accountable Authority Instructions.
  • Revised Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines.
PMRA Newsletter 15 – 15 August 2014
  • Commencing Stage 2 reforms
  • Further reform information
PMRA Newsletter 14 – 1 August 2014
  • PMRA Stage 2 – Opportunities for reform
  • PGPA Act resources
  • Commonwealth Performance Framework Discussion Paper – updated timing
PMRA Newsletter 13 – 16 July 2014
  • New framework terminology
  • Commonwealth Resource Management eLearning Program
  • FFSP Act and Regs now on Comlaw

PMRA Newsletters 1-12 relate to Stage 1 of the PMRA, preparing for the start of the PGPA Act on 1 July 2014.

PMRA Newsletter 12 – 1 July 2014
  • PGPA Act has commenced
  • Act and rules now on the Finance website
  • resource management guidance now on the Finance website
  • the first Commonwealth Resource Management eLearning module, Introduction to the PGPA Act, available for entities on GovDex
PMRA Newsletter 11 – 26 June 2014
  • the PGPA (Consequential & Transitional Provisions) Bill 2014 passed both Houses of Parliament on 26 June
  • the PGPA Amendment Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 26 June.
PMRA Newsletter 10 – 20 June 2014
  • The PGPA Amendment Bill 2014 passed the Senate on Thursday 19 June
PMRA Newsletter 9 – 17 June 2014
  • Checklists to help Commonwealth entities prepare for 1 July and address transitional matters now available
  • Commonwealth Performance Framework Concept Paper now available
PMRA Newsletter 8 - 30 May 2014
  • Whole of Commonwealth developments in the lead up to 1 July, including:
    • PGPA Amendment Bill
    • transitional and consequential provisions Bill
    • finalisation of the PGPA Rules
    • finalisation of Resource Management Guidance
PMRA Newsletter 7 – 23 May 2014
  • Checklist for Commonwealth entities to prepare for the start of the PGPA Act and information to assist
  • JCPAA tabled report 441 on the PGPA Rules Development
PMRA Newsletter 6 – 2 May 2014
  • Release of two PGPA Act infograhic posters (for FMA Act agencies and CAC Act bodies) to assist in explaining changes to the resource management framework
PMRA Newsletter 5 – 17 April 2014
  • PGPA Act information sessions in all capital cities
  • Project plan for the development of the new Commonwealth Performance Framework available
PMRA Newsletter 4 - 3 April 2014
  • PGPA Act infographic poster (for all entities) available
  • PGPA Act information sessions
PMRA Newsletter 3 – 14 March 2014
  • JCPAA inquiry into the PGPA rules development
  • draft model resource management instructions for non-corporate Commonwealth entities available
PMRA Newsletter 2 – 25 February 2014
  • Revised draft PGPA Rules and supporting guidance available
  • Short animated video on the PGPA Act available
PMRA Newsletter 1 – 7 February 2014
  • Overview of the steps to 1 July. Legislation, rules and guidance to be finalised. Steps for entities