Governance & APS Transformation

Stein Helgeby

Stein Helgeby
Deputy Secretary

The Governance & APS Transformation (G&T) develops and advises on the resource management framework applicable to public sector entities, including on governance, accounting policy issues, the Government’s investment funds (including the Future Fund and other investment funds), and on superannuation arrangements for members of Parliament and Commonwealth employees.

G&T is also responsible for providing advice on and coordination of government information and advertising campaigns. Additionally, we consolidate Budget updates, contribute to the preparation of the Budget statements and prepare the Commonwealth's monthly and annual consolidated financial statements. We also support Government consideration of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) enabled proposals as part of the Budget process.

Deputy Secretary: Stein Helgeby
Phone: (02) 6215 2668  

Financial Analysis, Reporting and Management

First Assistant Secretary: Alan Greenslade
Phone: (02) 6215 2006

Financial Analysis, Reporting and Management (FARM) consolidates all updates of the Budget, provides budget financial data published by the Government (e.g. MYEFO and Final Budget Outcome), and prepares and publishes the Commonwealth's monthly and annual consolidated financial statements. In addition, FARM develops accounting policy to support the Commonwealth’s budgeting and reporting framework. FARM also prepares the appropriation bills, and administers the cash drawdown of those appropriations and the movement of all cash payments and receipts through the Official Public Account.

Financial Management

Assistant Secretary: Annie Ryan
Phone: (02) 6215 3290

  • Manages daily cash drawdowns and maintains central records of appropriations.
  • Provides advice and oversight on cash and banking policies.
  • Arranges for annual appropriations from Parliament.
  • Provides advice on the annual appropriation arrangements.
  • Manages financial arrangements for Commonwealth superannuation schemes and the investment/asset funds.

Budget Estimates and Accounting

Assistant Secretary: Peter Gibson 
Phone: (02) 6215 3551

Budget Estimates and Accounting are responsible for:

  • The financial statements and tables for all estimates updates and budget publications (Budget, Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Outlook and Final Budget Outcome).
  • Determining the financial statement reporting requirements for Australian Government entities.
  • Advice on technical accounting and reporting issues.
  • Contributing to the development of accounting and statistical standards for the public sector.
  • Facilitating ongoing collaboration and consistency between Australian Government Chief Finance Officers.

Reporting and Resourcing

Assistant Secretary: Angela Baum
Phone: (02) 6215 3936

  • Produces the annual Consolidated Financial Statements and monthly financial statements.
  • Produces the monthly financial statements
  • Provides advice on a range of issues including Portfolio Budget Statements, capital budgeting and special appropriations and special accounts.
  • Consolidates entity resourcing information.

Efficiency and Assurance

First Assistant Secretary: Rina Bruinsma
Phone:  (02) 6215 1721

Efficiency and Assurance (E&A) aims to help entities deliver their services more efficiently, through policies and frameworks and more connected ways of working.  In particular, we have a lead role and work collaboratively with entities on:

  • The size, efficiency and connectedness of government, including through common approaches, processes and systems.
  • Assisting entities to implement projects/programs, through Gateway and the two pass process, including work to streamline our processes and impact on entities.  

Government Business Transformation

Assistant Secretary: Katy Balmaks
Phone: (02) 6215 3352

Government Business Transformation has a lead role in restructuring internal agency service provision into centres of excellence (Hubs) through delivering the Shared Services Program, Parliamentary Workflow System, the Records Management Platform and Streamlining Government Grants Administration Program. The Branch also supports Government consideration of ICT enabled proposals.

Efficiency Improvement

Assistant Secretary: Gareth Hall
Phone: (02) 6215 2814

Efficiency Improvement is leading APS modernisation and the design of a smaller, smarter and more productive, sustainable public service through:

  • Designing and implementing the Modernisation Fund including its specific governance arrangements to ensure whole of government benefits are realised.
  • Providing secretariat support to the Secretaries APS Reform Committee and relevant Deputy Secretary Committees.
  • Developing and implementing the whole-of-government reform initiatives including the Commonwealth‑wide Efficiency through Contestability Program, such as the Functional and Efficiency Reviews.
  • Advising the Government on the size of the public sector in average staffing level terms and the impact of government staffing policies.

APS Reform

Assistant Secretary: Thea Daniel
Phone: (02) 6215 3657

APS Reform is building on previous efficiency measures to achieve greater public sector productivity and more efficient use of public resources. Specifically, the team is looking at options to improve the way the public sector is funded to deliver government priorities and the development of modern operating models to create a small, smarter and more productive and sustainable public sector, better positioned to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing environment and the continued need for fiscal discipline.

Governance and Public Management

First Assistant Secretary: Linda Powell
Phone: (02) 6215 3310

Governance and Public Management (GAPM) has responsibility for a range of key public sector governance policies, such as electoral policy, grants and charging policies, and Commonwealth civilian and parliamentary superannuation arrangements. It is also charged with public management matters such as governance and policy advice related to Commonwealth investment funds (e.g. Future Fund), the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority, and government advertising.

Funds and Superannuation

Assistant Secretary: Neil Robertson
Phone: (02) 6215 2110

Funds and Superannuation Branch develops policy and advises on the resource management and governance frameworks for the government’s investment funds, and superannuation arrangements for members of parliament and Commonwealth employees.

Superannuation arrangements are a significant aspect of Commonwealth administration covering over 180,000 contributing Commonwealth members and encompassing the management of significant financial flows and liabilities.

Funds and Superannuation provides policy advice to the government on its Investment Funds:

  • Future Fund
  • Building Australia Fund
  • Education Investment Fund
  • DisabilityCare Australia Fund
  • Medical Research Future Fund

Communications Advice

Assistant Secretary: Laurie Van Veen
Phone: (02) 6215 3178

Communications Advice provides policy advice on the Government’s information and advertising framework and assists with the coordination of whole of government advertising campaigns. We provide advice to departments and entities on communications good practice, strategies and research, and assist with the procurement of communications consultants, through a multi-use list. Within Finance, we collaborate with Procurement Management, with the management of the Commonwealth’s master media agency.

Resource Management

Assistant Secretary: Ian Nicholas
Phone: (02) 6215 2895

Resource Management promotes good public resource management, both in Australia and internationally. We develop and implement policy and legislation in relation to the electoral reform. We work with stakeholders to improve Australian Government grants and charging through the development of policy, guidance, and tools. We also provide technical assistance and support the development of capacity across the Indo-Pacific region, through deployments and projects, and facilitate and support Finance’s international engagement activities.

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability

First Assistant Secretary: Lembit Suur
Phone: (02) 6215 3244

The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) area is responsible for the Public Governance Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and for implementing, the Public Management Reform Agenda (PMRA).The PGPA Act is undergoing an independent statutory review in 2017-18. The PMRA reforms will continue to investigate how to improve planning, performance reporting and evaluation practices in the Commonwealth sector and ways to improve the operating practices of the Commonwealth public sector.

Governance & Annual Reports

Assistant Secretary: Kayelle Drinkwater
Phone: (02) 6215 3929

The team provides guidance and advice to Commonwealth entities on their obligations under the PGPA Act and government policy framework in relation to governance and annual reporting. This includes responsibility for the Governance Structures Policy Review, Governance Reform and Advice and the PGPA Act rules that relate to annual report requirements including digitisation.

PGPA Legislation & Independent Review

Assistant Secretary: Katy Balmaks
Phone: (02) 6215 3352

The PGPA Act is supported by rules, instruments and policy to establish a cohesive and core set of principles and obligations relating to the use of public resources. We provide pragmatic guidance and advice to commonwealth entities on the obligations under the PGPA framework and on governance issues more broadly. We also support entities by providing tools and training to assist their comprehension and compliance.

Advisory and Performance

Assistant Secretary: Brad Cook
Phone: (02) 6215 2559

The team is responsible for implementing and improving the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework. It works with stakeholders, including the Parliament to improve the quality of performance information reported for accountability purposes, and supports all Commonwealth entities and companies in implementing the requirements of the framework by providing technical advice and promulgating better practice.

The PGPA Act is supported by rules, instruments and policy to establish a cohesive and core set of principles and obligations relating to the use of public resources. The Advisory Services team provide pragmatic guidance and advice to Commonwealth entities on the obligations under the PGPA Act and its associated framework.

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Last updated: 15 February 2018