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  • The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013—consequential amendments

    Posted 25/06/2014 by Philip Hamilton

    On 1 July 2014, the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (the PGPA Act) will implement a new financial management framework for the Commonwealth and Commonwealth entities. However, implementation of the PGPA framework requires the enactment of five Bills in June. The first of these was passed on 19 June 2014. The remaining four consequential and transitional Bills were introduced on 24 June and passed by the House of Representatives on 25 June.

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    TAGS: accountability, Australian Public Service, governance, public service reform, federal budget

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  • Amendments to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013

    Posted 2/06/2014 by Philip Hamilton

    Since the report of the National Commission of Audit and the handing down of the government’s Budget 2014‒15, media coverage has highlighted measures that will reduce the number of government bodies and the number of public servants. Less well-known is that, from 1 July 2014, the financial and reporting framework applicable to government bodies will undergo its most comprehensive overhaul since 1998.

    The foundation of the new framework is the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (the PGPA Act), which must come into effect on 1 July 2014, replacing the the FMA Act and the the CAC Act. However, implementation of the PGPA framework from 1 July will require the enactment in June of five bills for the purposes of: minor amendments; transitional and consequential provisions; and appropriation modifications.

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    TAGS: accountability, Australian Public Service, governance, public service reform

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  • Public sector staffing reductions in the states and territories

    Posted 12/09/2012 by Nicholas Horne
    Since 2011 the state and territory governments have introduced public sector staffing reductions as savings measures (some jurisdictions also had reduction programs in place prior to 2011). A summary of the reductions is provided below; ‘FTE’ is not a headcount but refers to full-time equivalent staffing levels. For the Commonwealth Government, the 2012–13 Budget estimates a staffing reduction in the Australian Public Service of 3 074 FTE for 2012–13 to be achieved in the main by a combination ... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Public Service, employment, federal budget, Leaders of the Opposition, public service reform

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  • Australian Public Service staffing

    Posted 19/08/2011 by Nicholas Horne
    Australian Public Service (APS) staffing levels have received attention recently with the Opposition indicating the possibility of abolishing one government department if it is in government and reportedly searching for further public service expenditure reductions.The Opposition has had a policy of reducing public service staff numbers for some time as part of a broader drive to identify savings in government expenditure. In its May 2010 response to the 2010–11 Budget the Opposition stated that... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Public Service, public service reform

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  • Putting citizens first

    Posted 1/08/2011 by Brenton Holmes
     In March 2010 the Australian Government released its blueprint for reform of the Australian Public Service (APS) entitled Ahead of the Game. But rather than leading with a focus on policy and values, the blueprint makes citizens the focus. In Australia and elsewhere, concepts such ‘co-creation’ and ‘co-production’ have emerged to describe the deep collaboration needed between public servants, professionals, citizens and communities. Such approaches constitute a major shift in how the task of p... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Public Service, citizen engagement, policymaking, public service reform

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