Australian Government Organisations Register - Guide to Fields

The table below shows the data fields that are contained on the Australian Government Organisations Register. 

Data FieldField Description
PortfolioThe body's portfolio.
TitleThe body's name.
  • Principal bodies - bodies connected with government policies, purposes or services which are prescribed under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the related rules.
  • Secondary bodies - committees, councils, boards, statutory office holders, consultative bodies and working groups linked to the Australian Government.
  • Other bodies - bodies that the Government does not fully own but has significant influence over.
Type of BodyThere are 12 types of bodies. For details on these, see the Australian Government Organisations Register - Types of Bodies guidance.
GFS Sector Classification

Whether the body for Government Finance Statistics (GFS) reporting purposes is part of the:

  • General Government Sector (GGS),
  • a Public Non-Financial Corporation (PNFC),
  • a Public Financial Corporation (PFC), or
  • unclassified.
MaterialityMaterial bodies are identified based on their impact on the whole-of-government financial statements. Materiality is determined by aggregating the total income, expenses, assets and liabilities of all bodies. Bodies whose total falls within the top 99 per cent of the total general government sector are classified as ‘material’ bodies. All Departments of State are classified as material. 
Description Brief description of the body’s function.
Established By/UnderThe legislation the body was created by/under or through Administrative Arrangement Orders (AAOs) or a decision of Government. 
Creation DateThe date the body was created or established. 
GFS Function/Sector Reported 

The GFS function(s) the body’s expenditure is classified under.

For a list of GFS functions, refer to Statement 6 in Budget Paper No. 1.

For more information on GFS, please see the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ publication Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods.

PS Act Body?Whether the body is subject to the Public Service Act 1999.
Maximum Number of Board/Committee MembersThe maximum number of board or committee members for the body.
Paid Members?Whether members of the board or committee are remunerated/paid a sitting fee. 
Board/Committee Appointed By Who appoint members to positions on the board.
Annual Report Prepared and Tabled?Whether there is an annual report, and whether it is tabled in Parliament. 
Auditor The auditor for the body.
ABN The Australian Business Number (ABN) for the body.
Parent BodyThe parent body (typically a principal body) that the secondary body reports to. 
Head Office AddressThe address of the head office of the body. 
Website AddressWebsite address for the body.
Strategic/Corporate/Organisational PlanWebsite address for the strategic, corporate or organisational plan for the body.
Annual ReportsWebsite address for the annual report of the body. 
Budget DocumentationWebsite address for the budget documentation of the body.


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