Public Management Reform Agenda (PMRA)

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Public Management Reform Agenda (PMRA)

The PMRA with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) as its cornerstone, seeks to modernise the resource management framework of the Australian Government so that it will support high quality resource management and performance now and into the future.  The overall direction of the reforms has won wide support from both within and outside government, including professional bodies and groups.

Since 2013, the Department of Finance (Finance) has developed and implemented arrangements to operationalise the PGPA Act framework. With the introduction of the annual report requirements in the Rules in 2016, the final legislative elements of the PGPA Act framework are in place. As a result, the Commonwealth now has enhanced coherence to its governance, performance and accountability arrangements.

The reform process has three broad stages:

Stage 1 of the PMRA was completed with the commencement of the PGPA Act on 1 July 2014.

Stage 2 and Stage 3 are progressing concurrently.  The keystone of stage 2 of the PMRA is the enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework, including annual reports. Stage two also involves the development of a differential regulation approach.  Stage 3 of the PMRA builds on elements of the PGPA Act and enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework, and explores specific elements of the resource management framework.

PMRA objectives

The objectives of the Public Management Reform Agenda (PMRA) are to:

  • develop a resource management framework that meets the needs of modern government now and into the future
  • develop legislation that is functional, easy to understand and covers key elements of the resource management cycle with clear principles and concepts that underpin best practice
  • improve the quality of planning, performance information, evaluation and reporting within government to enhance accountability
  • implement a risk based approach to regulation within the resource management framework to enhance efficiency and effectiveness
  • reduce red tape in administering government activities
  • help ensure the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) operates as intended and
  • encourage entities to work cooperatively with others to achieve the government’s priorities and objectives.

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Finance offers a number of ways to stay engaged with the on-going progress of the PMRA reform agenda:

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Last updated: 19 December 2018