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Operation Sunlight

What is Operation Sunlight?

Operation Sunlight is the Government reform agenda to improve the openness and transparency of public sector budgetary and financial management and to promote good governance practices.

The original policy and reforms were detailed in Operation Sunlight enhanced budget transparency; a practical suite of measures to enhance budget transparency and were developed after extensive consultation with a range of academics, journalists, and professional analysts.

This original document has been revised to report on initiatives already implemented and to incorporate further reforms.  It is now presented as Operation Sunlight Enhancing Budget Transparency [PDF Document 106 KB] .

What are the key objectives of Operation Sunlight?

Operation Sunlight has six key objectives:

  1. Tightening the outcomes and outputs framework;
  2. Changing the Budget Papers to improve their readability and usefulness;
  3. Improving the transparency of estimates;
  4. Expanding the reach of budget reporting;
  5. Improving inter-generational reporting; and
  6. Improving the financial framework.

What is the Murray Report?

The Murray Report [PDF Document 573 KB] was prepared by the then Senator Andrew Murray at the request of the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner MP, to review budget transparency issues as part of the Government’s Operation Sunlight .

Mr Murray is an expert in the field of financial transparency and parliamentary accountability and was active in numerous Senate reviews that have recommended major budgetary and financial reforms, such as the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee’s Transparency and Accountability of Commonwealth Public Funding and Expenditure report.

The Murray Report was presented to Minister Tanner in June 2008, prior to the end of Mr Murray’s term in the Senate. The Murray Report and a Government response to the report were publicly released [External Site] on 9 December 2008.

Operation Sunlight Implementation Presentation

Mr Tim Youngberry, Division Manager Financial Reporting and Cash Management presented on the implementation of Operation Sunlight and the policy and process implications for the financial operations of the Australian Government in March 2009. 

Operation Sunlight Implementation Presentation [Powerpoint Document 1.1MB]

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