Commercial and Government Services

Andrew Jaggers
Deputy Secretary

Commercial and Government Services provides advice on the Australian Government's Government Business Enterprises (GBEs) and commercial entities, manages the domestic non-Defence property portfolio and undertakes the review and reform of such assets including divestment, where relevant. It also develops and maintains the Australian Government's procurement policy framework (including the initiation and management of a range of whole of government contracts), and manages the Australian government's special claims, insurance and risk management operations.

Deputy Secretary: Andrew Jaggers
Phone: (02) 6215 3853

Commercial Division

First Assistant Secretary: Stacie Hall
Phone: (02) 6215 2727

Commercial Division provides advice to Government on a range of activities including oversight of the Government’s interest in Government Business Enterprises and other public non-financial corporations, and oversight of the delivery of major infrastructure initiatives.

Government Businesses Branch

Assistant Secretary: Andrew Danks
Phone: (02) 6215 3996

Government Businesses Branch (GBB) has responsibility for whole-of-Government policy and policy development for GBEs, including the GBE Governance and Oversight Guidelines and provides advice on the appointment and remuneration of GBE Boards and CEOs. It also has responsibility for the shareholder oversight of the Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post), NBN Co Limited (NBN) and Snowy Hydro Limited (Snowy).

Defence Businesses Branch

Assistant Secretary: Stephen Sorbello
Phone: (02) 6215 3520

The Defence Businesses Branch (DBB) provides support to the Minister for Finance in his role as Shareholder for the Government Business Enterprises (GBEs) associated with the Defence portfolio. These GBEs are ASC Pty Ltd (ASC) – as the sole shareholder; Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI) – as a joint shareholder with the Minister for Defence Industry; and Defence Housing Australia (DHA) – as a joint shareholder with the Minister for Defence.

To support the needs of Australia’s future shipbuilding capability, in October 2016 the Government announced that it would separate ASC into three individual Government owned companies. The creation of these three companies follows a strategic review of ASC. The review sought to identify the best possible corporate, capital, and governance arrangements to help maximise the future success of ASC and the Australian naval shipbuilding industry.

The DBB is working with ASC and the Department of Defence to implement the final step of separation following the Government’s announcement of the outcome of the Future Frigates tender on 29 June 2018. The DBB is managing the final stage of ASC separation and the transfer of ASC Shipbuilding from Commonwealth ownership to BAE Systems where ASC Shipbuilding will become a subsidiary of BAE Systems for the duration of the Future Frigates program. 

Infrastructure Businesses Branch

Assistant Secretary: Andrew Staines
Phone: (02) 6215 2124

Infrastructure Businesses Branch is responsible for the shareholder oversight for GBE’s in the Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities portfolio, including: Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited (MIC); Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited (ARTC); and WSA Co Limited (WSA Co). Infrastructure Businesses also provides advice to the Government regarding Airservices Australia, which is a public non-financial corporation and is not prescribed as a GBE.

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Property and Construction Division

First Assistant Secretary: Vivianne Johnson
Phone: (02) 6215 3048

Property Portfolio and Construction is responsible for:

  • The provision of advice and support to government and officials in relation to the Commonwealth Property Management Framework, Lands Acquisition Act, the PWC Act, relevant sections of the Native Title Act, the National Land Ordinance and the Commonwealth Property Disposal Policy.
  • Supporting the government's agenda to modernise approaches for the efficient delivery and management of publicly funded services and assets, including rationalising surplus office leases and coordinated procurement arrangements for property services.
  • The efficient and effective administration of the Finance-managed property portfolio, including the major capital works programme, construction, major refurbishment, sustainability, acquisition, ownership and disposal of real property

Property Projects Branch

Assistant Secretary: Jason Ford
Phone: (02) 6215 2124

The Property Projects Branch is responsible for capital works projects and property remediation works, including provision of advice to Australian Government agencies on construction. These projects currently include:

  • Post Entry Quarantine Facility;
  • Villawood Immigration Detention Facility; and
  • Cox Peninsula, Malabar and Industrial Waste Collection remediation projects.

The Branch also has responsibility for the divestment of surplus non-defence property across Australia.

Portfolio Management and Land Administration Branch

Assistant Secretary: Lorraine Holcroft 
Phone (02) 6215 3202

The Portfolio Management and Land Administration Branch is responsible for the Finance owned property portfolio, including the law courts and other special purpose properties, management of Finance’s Property Service Provider contract, and the medium and minor works program.

The Branch also undertakes administration of elements of the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 relating to National Land and sections 69 and 70 of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1979 relating to Commonwealth land in the Northern Territory.

The Branch is also responsible for operational matters under the Lands Acquisition Act 1989, including advice to agencies engaged in acquiring land.

Whole-of-Government Property Services Branch

Assistant Secretary: Elizabeth Hickey
Phone: (02) 6215 2153

Property Services is responsible for driving efficiency in property leasing, pursuing efficiencies at a Whole-of-Australian-Government level, and improving the collection and management of property information. This includes managing the Australian Government Property Register and having responsibility for lease administration across the Commonwealth.

The Branch also undertakes administration of the referral process for referring public works to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (Public Works Committee) under the Public Works Committee Act 1969 and the PWC Procedure Manual.

The Branch supports the Department of Finance's role in driving Whole-of-Australian-Government property efficiencies through modernising approaches to the delivery of property services, and playing a central role in the stewardship of property management across the Commonwealth.

Policy and Analysis Branch

Assistant Secretary: Matthew Whitfort
Phone: (02) 6215 3373

Policy and Analysis Branch is responsible for developing policy, and providing guidance to Commonwealth entities on compliance and practice relating to property management, including whole-of-Government communications on property related matters.

The Branch is responsible for policy and legislation relating to Commonwealth property under the Lands Acquisition Act 1989 (LAA) and the Public Works Committee Act 1969. The Branch is also responsible for the Commonwealth Property Management Framework and the Commonwealth Property Disposals Policy (CPDP).

The Branch manages the Property Special Account 2014 and is responsible for improved whole-of-Government performance analysis and reporting for property services and assets.

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Procurement and Insurance Division

First Assistant Secretary: Nicholas Hunt
Australian Government Procurement coordinator
Phone: (02) 6215 2125

Procurement and Insurance is responsible for:

  • providing advice and guidance to the Government on the procurement policy framework
  • managing AusTender, the Australian Government's centralised procurement information and e-tendering system
  • providing technical advice to support Government procurement elements of international trade negotiations
  • coordinated procurement contracting arrangements for whole of government procurement including travel, motor vehicle leasing, advertising and stationery and office supplies
  • Comcover and Risk Management Policy
  • administering discretionary financial assistance through the Government’s special claims mechanism

Procurement Policy Branch

Assistant Secretary: Andrew Bourne
Phone: (02) 6215 2065

Procurement Policy and Advice develops, implements and maintains systems and policies to support a fair, efficient, and transparent procurement framework for the Australian Government and its suppliers.

Procurement Management Branch

Assistant Secretary: Anne Collins
Phone: (02) 6215 3152

Procurement Management is responsible for the establishment, implementation and managing Whole of Australian Government procurement arrangements for a variety of transactional goods and services. These arrangements deliver savings and efficiencies to agencies and reduce the cost of tendering for both entities and industry.

The Whole of Australian Government arrangements managed by the Branch are:

  • Major Office Machines;
  • Stationery and Office Supplies;
  • Travel, including domestic and international air services, accommodation, rental cars, travel payments and travel management services;
  • Australian Government Fleet;
  • Australian Government Campaign and Non-Campaign Advertising; and
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (Software as a Service).

The Branch also supports and maintains associated policies regarding Fleet Vehicle Selection, Recruitment and Tender Advertising, Official Domestic Travel, and Official International Travel.

Risk and Claims Branch

Assistant Secretary: Tiffany Karlsson
Phone: (02) 6215 2593

Risk and Claims Branch delivers professional services, policies and guidance in respect of the Government’s special claims, insurance (Comcover) and risk management operations.

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Last updated: 04 June 2019