- PGPA Entity Survey 2023 – closes 15 August 2023
- Digital Annual Reporting Tool – training sessions
- 2023-24 Corporate Plans
- Regulatory Reform IDC Meeting – 28 August 2023
- Annual Report - APS Net Zero reporting tools
- 2023 Commonwealth Awards for Excellence in Risk Management
- 2023 Comcover Education Program
- Tip of the Month
PGPA Entity Survey 2023 – closes 15 August 2023
An abridged PGPA Entity Survey has been issued to all PGPA Act entity and company CFOs. Finance is seeking your assistance in undertaking this short survey in order to gather high level feedback on the application of the resource management framework (including the PGPA Act, Rule and government policies) to support the development of the 2024 PGPA Entity Survey.
The survey is open until 5:00pm Tuesday, 15 August 2023. Thank you to those that have already submitted a response.
If you have any questions regarding the survey, please email us at PGPA@finance.gov.au.
Digital Annual Reporting Tool – training sessions
Annual report coordinators are reminded that there are comprehensive online training courses with detailed screenshots that will assist you in the use of the new tool. These can be found here. Feedback on the online courses can be directed to email@example.com
Tips and tricks
- Invitations to login to the DART come from Kontent.ai – this is a legitimate email and is not SPAM. To meet security requirements the invitations expire within 5 days. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have your invitation reactivated.
- Your annual report template has already been created for you in the new Tool. You can search for it in the “content and assets” tab in the DART. Choose the “collection” dropdown menu and select your entity’s name, then choose “annual report” from the “content type” dropdown.
- You can preview your annual report exactly as it will be presented on the Transparency Portal by selecting the orange Preview button on the main page of the annual report. Please note that you will need a separate login for this to work. When prompted, select “forgot password” then create a new password to access the Preview function.
Engagement with the annual reporting community of practice occurs through the Digital Annual Reports GovTEAMS Community. To join the GovTEAMS Community or if you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
2023-24 Corporate Plans
A reminder that your entity’s 2023-24 corporate plans must be published on your website by 31 August and that they must be given to your responsible Minister and the Finance Minister before they are published on your entity’s website.
To provide your corporate plan to the Finance Minister, as outlined in RMG-132 and RMG-133, please email it to PGPA@finance.gov.au. Following the publication of your entity’s plan on your website, Finance will upload it to the Transparency Portal.
Please email us at PGPA@finance.gov.au if you have any questions.
Regulatory Reform IDC Meeting – 28 August 2023
The Department of Finance Regulatory Reform Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) will meet to discuss the Government's regulatory reform agenda on Monday 28 August 2023 via GovTEAMS.
The IDC brings together policy entities and regulators. Entities that perform regulatory functions, including both standalone regulators and those located within policy departments are encouraged to participate. RMG-128 Regulator Performance provides further information on regulator performance.
For further details in relation to attending the IDC, contact the Regulator Practice and Performance team at APSRegulatoryReform@finance.gov.au.
Annual Report - APS Net Zero reporting tools
The APS Net Zero 2030 emissions reporting tools have now been sent to all entities and at a minimum are required to be used to complete reporting on APS Net Zero, to ensure reporting consistency across Annual Reports. Further information on these tools can be found under the Annual report content requirements tile, in RMG-135 and RMG-136.
Completed emissions reporting tools are to be returned by 16 August 2023 to the APS Net Zero Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The APS Net Zero team will check the returned tools for consistency, and this data will be used to inform Whole of Government reporting.
For any questions, please contact the APS Net Zero by email at email@example.com or phone on 02 6215 1999.
2023 Commonwealth Awards for Excellence in Risk Management
The 2023 Commonwealth Awards for Excellence in Risk Management (the Awards) are now open. The Awards raise awareness of the significance of risk management across the Commonwealth by highlighting best practice risk management and rewarding entities that exhibit excellence in risk management thinking and practice.
Who is eligible for nomination?
The Awards are open to all Commonwealth entities. Entities can nominate in one or more of the following categories:
- Risk Initiative
- Insurable Risk
All details including nomination templates can be found here. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us on 1800 651 540 (option 4) or email RiskAwards@finance.gov.au.
2023 Comcover Education Program
The Comcover Education Program assists officials at all levels to understand the principles of good risk management. Being able to understand the risks at each stage of the procurement lifecycle is important in achieving successful procurement outcomes. Being able to understand the risks associated with issuing an indemnity or warranty or the most appropriate method of risk retention or risk transfer support innovative outcomes though the procurement process.
The Program consists of four learning pathways designed to increase risk management capability across the Commonwealth. Key features of the Program are eLearning, face-to-face training, access to reference material, and networking.
The Program has been designed to provide tailored training and support across the following four pathways:
- Foundation level: All Commonwealth officials, regardless of level or role who are required to understand basic risk management concepts and how risk is managed in the Commonwealth.
- Generalist level: Commonwealth officials, regardless of level, whose role requires them to engage with and apply their entity's risk management framework to successfully deliver outcomes. Generalists engage with risk at the activity level and have attained Foundation level capability.
- Specialist level: Job role specialists who are required to design, implement and embed an entity's risk management and insurance framework. Specialists facilitate generalists and executives to fulfil their risk management responsibilities.
- SES Professional Development Program: Senior Executive Service officials whose role requires them to communicate the acceptable levels of risk that are appropriate to their entity's profile, allocate resources and model the adoption of risk management policies, strategies and best practice in their entity.
Upcoming training for the remainder of 2023 is provided below:
Practical Risk Management
Embedding Risk Management
A Strategic Perspective to Managing Risk
|16th August||20th and 21st September (Virtual)||10th October (Virtual)|
|18th October (Virtual)||12th October (Day 1) and 23rd November (Day 2)||22nd November|
|1st November||15th and 16th November (Virtual)||12th December (Virtual)|
To learn more about enrolling in these workshops and accessing Comcover Education opportunities please visit Education | Department of Finance or call 1800 651 540 and select Option 2.
Tip of the Month
Did you know that Finance has a PGPA eLearning program available?
The program is a self-learning tool aimed at Commonwealth officials.
The course will empower you with the knowledge to understand and work with the Commonwealth Resource Management Framework and to understand your responsibilities under the PGPA Act and Rule.