Public Management Reform Agenda

Public Management Reform Agenda

Stage 1 of the PMRA reform process is now complete. The PGPA Act, together with supporting instruments, came into effect on 1 July 2014 to replace the FMA Act and the CAC Act. This legislative framework now forms the base from which the reform objectives of the PGPA Act can be advanced.

Stage 2, until 1 July 2015, is now about:

      • improving the quality of planning, performance information and evaluation within government to improve accountability to ministers, the Parliament and the public
      • encouraging Commonwealth entities to adopt risk based business processes and systems.

It will take several years to implement the PMRA reforms and integrate them fully into the practices and processes of Commonwealth entities and companies. Gradual and staged introduction of the reforms will ensure that each element is appropriately tested and refined in light of experience and consultation. The reform process has three broad Stages.

Stage Status/date Description
Stage 1 Completed Established a single resource management framework
Stage 2 1 July 2014 – 1 July 2015 Focus on improving the quality of planning, performance monitoring and evaluation and the transparency and accountability of the Australian public service.
Stage 3 Post 1 July 2015 Focus on improving how the Commonwealth interacts with external parties from all sectors of the economy.

Stage 1 (completed) was about establishing the base from which the reform objectives of the PGPA Act can be advanced. It concentrated on establishing a single resource management framework via rules, instruments and guidance within which Commonwealth entities have the flexibility to adopt appropriate business processes and systems and how they can be streamlined and better focused. It built on many of the strengths of the previous financial framework, but stripped away some process and red tape requirements.

Stage 2 (1 July 2014 through to 1 July 2015) will focus on improving the quality of planning, performance information and evaluation within government to improve accountability to ministers, the Parliament and the public. It is also about continuing the focus on internal processes so that they can be more streamlined, risk based and better focused.

Stage 3 (post 1 July 2015) is outward looking. It will focus on improving how the Commonwealth joins up with external parties from all sectors of the economy to deliver its public policy outcomes – through commercial partnerships, grants, joint projects. To fully embed improvements in this area, it is necessary to have in place operating practices which support government working as a whole with better transparency and accountability, and a risk based approach to governance, incorporating earned autonomy concepts.

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