Duties in relation to you and others

Duties outlined in section 17 and 18 of the PGPA Act place positive duties on accountable authorities to cooperate with others and to ensure that the compliance, reporting and other obligations imposed on others take into account the use and management of public resources.

As an accountable authority, you are required under the PGPA Act to:

Encourage officials to cooperate with others to achieve common objectives, and take a proportional, risk-based approach to imposing administrative burdens on other parties that work with government.

Cooperation can involve anyone who has a stake in the outcomes of the government policy, or can help develop and/or implement the policy in the most effective, economical and efficient manner.

Requirements as an accountable authority under the PGPA Act

As an accountable authority you must, in accordance with the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy:

Make resource management decisions in the context of government acting as a coherent whole, cooperate with others to achieve common objectives, and have regard to the burden you impose on others.

These requirements are broader than simply making decisions in the best interests of your entity. You are required to engage with others in a manner that does not impose excessive burden or stifle the innovative capabilities of those you are cooperating with.

How you can meet these requirements

To meet these duties you could:

Take positive steps to build a culture that encourages officials to explore how your entity can collaborate with others in achieving common purposes. Articulate your entity's risk appetite in terms that recognise the risks that arise from collaborative activities. Consider opportunities to streamline acquittal and reporting processes. Decide whether the compliance, red tape, cost and reporting burdens imposed by your entity are directed at promoting proper use and management of public resources.

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