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The Finance Portfolio is responsible for the preparation of the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Australian Government (CFS) and a range of financial related functions that include providing the Australian Government with Budget policy advice on superannuation arrangements for government employees, asset sales and online service delivery initiatives.
The Finance portfolio is responsible for the preparation of the consolidated financial statements (CFS) of the Australian Government and a range of finance-related functions that include providing the Australian Government with Budget policy advice on superannuation arrangements for government employees, asset sales and online service delivery initiatives.
This audit would examine the delivery of selected initiatives that are designed to transform the way government services are delivered and how government operates with the intention of creating a smaller, smarter and more productive and sustainable public sector. These initiatives include: digital transformation; rationalising the public sector property portfolio and reducing vacant lease holdings (Operation Tetris); delivery of grants via community and business grants hubs; the decentralisation of non-policy Australian Government entities to regional areas; and reforms to data collection and use.
The Australian Government has reported that, since 2013, initiatives that have been implemented, such as the smaller government agenda, contestability, Operation Tetris, and efficiency dividends, have generated around $7.6 billion in savings. The Government has also reported that the average public sector staffing level estimate for 2017–18 has declined by more than eight per cent compared to the 2011–12 peak of 182 505. The 2017–18 Budget contained a number of initiatives designed to achieve further improvements to the government sector.
The objective of the audit is to examine the implementation of the annual performance statements requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (PGPA Rule) by selected entities in 2016–17.