Finance has developed a number of training and support tools to help officials understand their responsibilities within the Commonwealth Resource Management Framework and how to use or manage public resources under the PGPA Act.
Commonwealth Resource Management Framework
Finance has developed an eLearning program. The program is a self-learning tool and is aimed at Commonwealth officials, particularly new employees within the Commonwealth Public Service. The course will empower you with the knowledge to understand and work with the framework and to understand your responsibilities under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).
The eLearning program is available on the Learnhub platform and is also available as SCORM 1.2 compliant package [142 MB] for entities who wish to incorporate the program on their Learning Management System. For users running the course through the Department of Finance website, Google Chrome is recommended.
Note: Following the redevelopment of the Finance website some links within the eLearning program may not work, this is being addressed and the eLearning modules will be updated shortly. When undertaking the eLearning program please open an instance of the Managing Commonwealth Resources pages on the Finance website in a separate window. This will provide you with direct access to Resource Management Guides and other supporting material to assist you when undertaking the eLearning program. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require assistance.
Finance has a stewardship role within the Australian Government to promote and facilitate best practice risk management. We seek to influence better planning, the effective allocation of resources, and enhanced decision making across government.
The PGPA Act and the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy provides a framework for entities to adopt a cohesive approach, that leads to a better understanding of the risks they face in achieving their objectives.
Comcover provides a range of training programs and learning resources that assist officials to engage with risk. Further information in relation to Comcover can be found on the Finance website.
- a range of tools and support for procuring officials on the Procurement section of the Finance website.
- a monthly Procurement Bulletin that includes topical procurement developments, future procurement events, and Commonwealth procurement employment opportunities. Register to be included on the mailing list.
Finance periodically releases a publication primarily aimed at Commonwealth officials working in grants administration. Grants News provides information on what is new in Commonwealth grants and enables opportunities for entities to collaborate across portfolios.
A suite of whole-of-government grant opportunity guideline templates has been developed to streamline processes. Whole-of-government grant agreement templates have also been developed for entities to use when entering into grants to provide a consistent standardised terms across government.
Further information in relation to grants administration can be found on the grants section of the Finance website.
Reporting and accounting
For officials in Chief Finance Officer (CFO) areas, Finance holds the CFO Stewardship Forum to provide updates from key areas within Finance on current reporting and accounting issues impacting on Commonwealth entities.
Further information in relation to the CFO Stewardship Forum can be found on the Finance website.
An overview of the Budget Process can be found on the Budget section of the Finance website.
Central Budget Management System
Central Budget Management System (CBMS) training provides training for staff of Commonwealth entities who use, or will have to use, CBMS. Training sessions are scheduled according to the budget process timetable and user demand. Further information in relation to CBMS, including training and support, can be found on the Finance website.