Governance structures

Finance develops policy and provides whole-of-government advice on appropriate governance arrangements for the range of Commonwealth bodies

The following publications and guides assist Commonwealth bodies with governance issues.

Flipchart of Commonwealth entities and companies and PGPA entity list

The flipchart shows all Commonwealth entities and companies that are subject to the PGPA Act:

Table of Changes to the Flipchart - 2017-18 Changes
Date*ChangeEntity NamePortfolioChange Details
26/03/18 Add Regional Investment Corporation Agriculture and Water Resources A new corporate Commonwealth entity established by proclamation on 8 March 2018
21/02/18 Remove Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee Treasury CAMAC abolished by the Statute Update (Smaller Government) Act 2018, on 20 Feburary 2018
21/02/18 Amend National Portrait Gallery of Australia (NPGA) Communication and the Arts To recognise the Commonwealth Procurement Rules apply to the NPGA from 1 January 2018
21/02/18 Amend Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) Health To recognise the Commonwealth Procurement Rules apply to the ADHA from 1 January 2018
21/02/18 Amend Australian Grape and Wine Authority Agriculture and Water The Australian Grape and Wine Authority renamed "Wine Australia" on 7 November 2017
21/12/17 Amend Department of Immigration and Border Protection Home Affairs 'Department of Immigration and Border Protection' has been renamed the 'Department of Home Affairs'
21/12/17 Amend Australian Crime Commission Home Affairs Entity moved from Attorney-General's to Home Affairs
21/12/17 Amend Australian Federal Police Home Affairs Entity moved from Attorney-General's to Home Affairs
21/12/17 Amend Australian Institute of Criminology Home Affairs Entity moved from Attorney-General's to Home Affairs
21/12/17 Amend Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) Home Affairs Entity moved from Attorney-General's to Home Affairs
21/12/17 Amend Department of Employment Jobs and Innovation 'Department of Employment' has been renamed the 'Department of Jobs and Small Business' (part of the Jobs and Innovation Portfolio)
21/12/17 Amend Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Jobs and Innovation The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has been amalgamated into the Jobs and Innovation Portfolio
21/12/17 Amend Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities 'Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development' has been renamed the 'Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities'
21/12/17 Amend Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency (IPFA) Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Entity moved from Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio to Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Portfolio
21/12/17 Amend Department of Human Services Human Services The Department of Human Services is no longer a part of the Social Services Portfolio
3/10/17 Amend Australian Renewable Energy Agency Environment and Energy Remove status as material entity
3/10/17 Amend Australian Trade and Investment Commission Foreign Affairs and Trade Remove status as material entity
3/10/17 Amend Clean Energy Regulator Environment and Energy Remove status as material entity
3/10/17 Amend National Museum of Australia Communications and the Arts Remove status as material entity
11/09/17 Add WSA Co Ltd Infrastructure and Regional Development A new Commonwealth company established on 7 August 2017, prescribed as a government business enterprise on 29 August 2017.
11/09/17 Amend Australian Transportation Safety Bureau Infrastructure and Regional Development Became an inter-jurisdictional entity
1/07/17 Add Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency (IPFA) Prime Minister and Cabinet An new executive agency, non-corporate Commonwealth entity established on 1 July 2017.
1/07/17 Amend Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI) Finance ANI prescribed as a government business enterprise.
1/07/17 Amend Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) Finance IPEA became a statutory agency from 1 July 2017.

* This is the date that the change was made in the flipchart, not necessarily the date that the change occurred to the entity or company. The Flipchart of Commonwealth entities and companies and List of GGS, PNFC and PFC bodies under the PGPA Act are not legal documents.

Note: Machinery of Government changes had occurred on 20 December 2017, which has changed the name for a number of portfolios:
- Immigration and Border Protection has been renamed 'Home Affairs';
- Infrastructure and Regional Development has been renamed 'Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities';
- The Employment and Industry, Innovation and Science Portfolios have been amalgamated to create the 'Jobs and Innovation' Portfolio; and
- Human Services has become its own Portfolio, separating from Social Services

Table of Changes to the Flipchart - 2016-17 Changes
Date*ChangeEntity NamePortfolioChange Details
1/06/17 Add Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI) Finance A Commonwealth company, the Commonwealth acquired ANI as a subsidiary from ASC Pty Ltd.
1/05/17 Amend Fair Work Ombudsman and Registered Organisations Commission Entity (FWOROCE) Employment Registered Organisation Commission moved into Office of Fair Work Ombudsman and renamed FWOROCE.
1/05/17 Amend Indigenous Land Corporation Prime Minister and Cabinet ILC was classified as a 'material entity'.
1/05/17 Add Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority Ltd Treasury A Commonwealth company established on 11 April 2017.
3/04/17 Add Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) Finance Established as an executive agency, non-corporate Commonwealth entity on 13 January 2017
1/02/17 Amend Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) Employment Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate renamed ABCC to reflect changes to functions and powers.
1/02/17 Remove National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) Health NHPA ceased to be a corporate Commonwealth enttiy.
1/02/17 Amend Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) Prime Minister and Cabinet Digital Transformation Office renamed DTA.
1/10/16 Remove IIF Investments Pty Ltd Industry, Innovation and Science Deregistered 27 July 2016.
1/10/16 Remove CrimTrac Attorney-General's CrimTrac merged with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission from 1 July 2016
1/07/16 Amend Old Parliament House Communications and the Arts Entity changed from a non-corporate Commonwealth entity to a corporate Commonwealth entity.
1/07/16 Add Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Industry, Innovation and Science Established as a result of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Act 2016. Commenced 4 May 2016.
1/07/16 Amend Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Treasury Changed status to material entity
1/07/16 Remove Family Court and Federal Circuit Court Attorney-General's As a result of the Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Act 2016, the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia were merged as a single administrative entity/statutory entity under the Public Service Act 1999. Commenced 1 July 2016
1/07/16 Add Australian Digital Health Agency Health Result of Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Establishing the Australian Digital Health Agency) Rule 2016. Commenced 30 January 2016.
1/07/16 Amend Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Foreign Affairs and Trade Changed name to 'Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)' from the 'Australian Trade Commission'
* This is the date that the change was made in the flipchart, not necessarily the date that the change occurred to the entity or company. The Flipchart of Commonwealth entities and companies and List of GGS, PNFC and PFC bodies under the PGPA Act are not legal documents.

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Machinery of Government changes

The terms ‘machinery of government changes’ (MoG changes) and ‘administrative re-arrangements’ are interchangeable and are used to describe a variety of organisational or functional changes affecting the Commonwealth.

Some common examples of MoG changes are:

  • changes to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) following a Prime Ministerial decision to abolish or create a Commonwealth entity or to move functions/ responsibilities between Commonwealth entities
  • movement of functions into, or out of, the Australian Public Service.

More information of MoG changes can be found here.

The Australian Public Service Commission, in conjunction with Finance has developed Implementing machinery of government changes external link(the Guide) as a source of practical guidance to help entities implement MoG changes. The guide provides:

  • an overview of the MoG process
  • protocols for resolving the transfer of resources
  • principles and approaches for planning and implementing MoG changes, including a timeframe for key events
  • guidance on financial management and people management
  • advice on managing physical relocations, information, records, data and taxation
  • information on setting up a new entity.

Additional information on the followings topics in the Guide and checklists can be found here.

  • Delegations of Powers
  • Special Accounts
  • Special Appropriations
  • Information Technology

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Contact for information on this page: pmra@finance.gov.au

Last updated: 27 March 2018