Commercial and Government Services
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.
Quarantine Infrastructure Delivery (Commercial and Government Services)
Commercial Investments Division provides policy and commercial advice and services in relation to significant investments by the Commonwealth, including major infrastructure investment programs, as well as managing the Commonwealth’s multibillion dollar shareholding in its Government Business Enterprises. The work of the Division includes:
- Commercial investment and governance policy development and advice.
- Managing major infrastructure investment programs totalling $76 billion across the transport, energy, communications and defence sectors.
- Complex commercial negotiations including merger & acquisition (M&A) transactions, funding and financing arrangements, major procurements and asset sales.
- Shareholder oversight for ASC Pty Ltd, Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd, Defence Housing Australia, Australian Postal Corporation, NBN Co Limited, Snowy Hydro Limited, Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited, Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited and WSA Co Limited.
Commercial Policy and Advice
Commercial Policy and Advice Branch (CPAB) is responsible for the Commonwealth Investment Framework (the Framework). The purpose of the Framework is to assist departments and agencies to develop and deliver non-grant investments to support the Government’s policy agenda.
CPAB also manages the Commonwealth Government Business Enterprises Governance and Oversight Guidelines (GBE Guidelines), and provides advice on commercial investments and governance policy development.
Communications and Energy Investments
Communications and Energy Investments Branch (CEIB) has responsibility for the shareholder oversight of Government Business Enterprises (GBEs) in the Communications and Energy sectors. This includes: the Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post), NBN Co Limited and Snowy Hydro Limited.
CEIB also advises Government on investments and the delivery of major projects in these sectors, such as Snowy 2.0 and the rollout of the National Broadband Network.
Defence Investments Branch (DIB) 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; and Defence Housing Australia (DHA) – as a joint shareholder with the Minister for Defence Personnel.
DIB also advise Government on the delivery of naval shipbuilding infrastructure projects being delivered by ANI, such as the Osborne South Redevelopment and the Osborne North Redevelopment, and provides advice to Government on implementation and progress of the Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
Transport Infrastructure Investments
Transport Infrastructure Investments Branch (TIIB) manages the Commonwealth’s commercial investments in the transport infrastructure sector. TIIB provides shareholder oversight for Government Business Enterprises (GBEs) including the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Moorebank Intermodal Company, and WSA Co limited.
TIIB also advise Government on the delivery of major projects being delivered by these GBEs, such as Inland Rail and Western Sydney Airport.
Property and Construction
Property and Construction is responsible for:
- Providing advice and support to the Government and officials in relation to the Commonwealth Property Management Framework, the Lands Acquisition Act 1989, the Public Works Committee Act 1969 and the Commonwealth Property Disposal Policy.
- Supporting the Government's agenda to efficiently deliver and manage publicly funded services and assets, including rationalising surplus office leases and coordinated procurement arrangements for property services.
- Leading, in partnership with relevant agencies, key strategic capital works projects.
- Ensuring that Finance-owned property portfolio is efficiently and effectively managed and supports Government policy, including acquisition and divestment of real property, whole of life asset management and land remediation.
Portfolio Management and Land Administration / Policy Analysis
The Policy and Analysis Branch is responsible for policy, guidance and advice on whole-of-government property policy and legislation. This includes the Commonwealth Property Management Framework (RMG 500) and Commonwealth Property Disposal Policy, and the Lands Acquisition Act 1989 and Public Works Committee Act 1969.
The Branch also collects, analyses and reports on Commonwealth property data, including managing the Australian Government Property Register and producing the Australian Government Office Occupancy Report.
The Branch administers relevant matters under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 relating to National Land and Crown leasing, and sections 69 and 70 of the Northern Territory (Self Government) Act 1978 relating to Commonwealth land in the Northern Territory.
The Property Projects Branch is responsible for whole of life property asset management and related advice to Australian Government agencies. Whole of life property asset management involves:
- asset creation through land acquisition and major capital works planning and delivery as requested by Government;
- ongoing management of the Finance owned estate, implementation of conservation strategies and undertaking remediation projects on Commonwealth land: and
- divestment of property consistent with the Commonwealth Property Disposal Policy.
Finance's property portfolio is diverse, including the Commonwealth law courts and various special purpose properties such as the Ben Chifley Building, Australia's Post-entry Quarantine Facility, the Royal Australian Mint building, Treasury Building and John Gorton Building. Finance is assisted by its Property Service Provider in delivering a minor capital works program to ensure strategic and effective ongoing management of maintenance of the Finance owned estate.
The Branch also manages and reports on the Property Special Account.
Whole of Government Property Services
The Branch manages the Whole-of-Government Property Services Coordinated Procurement arrangements that were announced in the 2016-17 Budget. These arrangements cover leasing services and facilities management services for Commonwealth domestic office accommodation and shopfronts. The Branch also manages the performance of Property Service Providers under the arrangements.
The arrangements will improve the efficiency of property services across the Commonwealth and maximise the value for money that can be achieved by consolidating the Commonwealth's purchasing power.
There are two parts to the PSCP arrangements:
- a Strategic Property Adviser to develop and maintain a Whole-of-Australian-Government Leasing Strategy; and
- Property Service Providers to deliver leasing services and facilities management services to entities.
Procurement and Insurance
Procurement and Insurance Division 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 Management Branch is responsible for establishing and managing Whole of Australian Government procurement arrangements for a variety of goods and services, and setting associated polices. These arrangements deliver savings and efficiencies to agencies and reduce the cost of tendering for both entities and industry. The mandated Whole of Australian Government arrangements managed by the Branch are listed on the Finance website.
Procurement Policy Branch is responsible for the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and related guidance. The Branch delivers procurement policy development, provision of advice to the Government on the procurement policy framework, and the provision of technical advice to support international trade negotiations on government procurement. The Branch is also responsible for managing Australian Government systems: AusTender – the central procurement information and e-tendering system; and GrantConnect – the grant information system.
Risk and Claims
The Risk and Claims Branch delivers policies, guidance and professional services in respect of the Australian Government’s risk management and insurance operations. The Branch is responsible for Comcover, the Australian Government’s self-managed insurance fund and the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy. The Branch also supports best practice risk management across the Australian Government through risk management advice and education services to Commonwealth entities.