The successful delivery of government programs requires the projects that underpin their implementation to be well-managed from the point of inception through to full implementation.
This Guide provides an executive perspective on the planning and approval stage of projects for Australian Government entities. The Guide focuses on the most common types of projects — those aimed at program delivery, and on internal business operations. The Guide:
- discusses the role of executives in project planning and approval and typical elements of the project life cycle;
- describes better practices in the overall arrangements of an entity for the planning and approval of projects, including aspects of strategic planning, people and culture, and governance;
- describes better practices for senior executives in the planning and approval of individual projects, including clarifying the project concept, preparing a business case and project approval; and.
- provides an overview of implementation issues for projects.
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The Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 were replaced by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and supporting rules on 1 July 2014. The PGPA Act provides a common legislative framework for the governance, performance and accountability of all Commonwealth entities.
Substantially the content of this Guide, in particular the underlying concepts and principles of better practice, remain relevant.
Further information on the PGPA Act is available at www.pmra.finance.gov.au.