Governance & APS Transformation

Stein Helgeby

Stein Helgeby
Deputy Secretary

The Governance & APS Transformation (G&T) develops and advises on the resource management framework applicable to Commonwealth entities, including on governance, accounting policy issues, the Government’s investment funds (including the Future Fund and other investment funds), and on superannuation arrangements for members of Parliament and Commonwealth employees. G&T is also responsible for providing advice on and coordination of government information and advertising campaigns. Additionally, we consolidate Budget updates, contribute to the preparation of the Budget statements and prepare the Commonwealth's monthly and annual consolidated financial statements. We also provide policy leadership in the productive application of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to government administration, information and services. 

Deputy Secretary: Stein Helgeby
Phone: (02) 6215 2668 


Financial Analysis, Reporting and Management

First Assistant Secretary: Alan Greenslade
Phone: (02) 6215 2006

Financial Analysis, Reporting and Management (FARM) consolidates all updates of the Budget, provides budget financial data published by the government (e.g. MYEFO and Final Budget Outcome), and prepares and publishes the Commonwealth's monthly and annual consolidated financial statements. It undertakes this role consistent with relevant external reporting standards. In addition, FARM develops accounting policy to support the Commonwealth’s budgeting and reporting framework. FARM also prepares the appropriation bills, and administers the cash drawdown of those appropriations and the movement of all cash payments and receipts through the Official Public Account.

Financial Management

Assistant Secretary: Fabian Harding
Phone: (02) 6215 2736

  • Manages daily cash drawdowns and maintains central records of appropriations.
  • Arranges for annual appropriations from Parliament.
  • Provides advice on the annual appropriation arrangements.
  • Manages financial arrangements for Commonwealth superannuation schemes and the investment/asset funds.

Budget Estimates and Accounting

Assistant Secretary: Peter Gibson
Phone: (02) 6215 3551

Budget Estimates and Accounting are responsible for:

  • The financial statements and tables for all estimates updates and budget publications (Budget, Mid-Year Fiscal and Economic Outlook and Final Budget Outcome).
  • Determining the financial statement reporting requirements for Australian Government entities.
  • Advice on technical accounting and reporting issues.
  • Contributing to the development of accounting and statistical standards for the public sector.
  • Facilitating ongoing collaboration and consistency between Australian Government Chief Finance Officers.

Reporting and Resourcing

Assistant Secretary: Gareth Hall
Phone: (02) 6215 3705

  • Produces the annual Consolidated Financial Statements and monthly financial statements.
  • Provides advice and oversight on the use of special appropriations and special accounts, and cash and banking policies.
  • Provides advice on the Portfolio Budget Statements and capital budgeting.
  • Consolidates Entity resourcing information.

Efficiency, Assurance and Digital Government

First Assistant Secretary: Richard Bartlett 
Phone:  (02) 6215 1581

Efficiency, Assurance and Digital Government aims to help entities deliver their services more efficiently, through policies and frameworks and more connected ways of working.  In particular we have a lead role and work collaboratively with entities on:

  • The size, efficiency and connectedness of government, including through common approaches, processes and systems.
  • Digital government policy implementation.
  • Assisting entities to implement projects/programmes, through Gateway and the two pass process, including work to streamline our processes and impact on entities. 
  • Whole of Government ICT policy to enable effective ICT in the APS.

Investment, Capability and Assurance

Assistant Secretary: Andrew Woolf
Phone: (02) 6215 2027

Investment, Capability and Assurance has a lead role in delivering on a number of the Government’s Smarter ICT Investment initiatives, including the ICT Audit, ICT Dashboard and redevelopment of the ICT Investment Framework.  In addition, Investment, Capability and Assurance assists entities to plan and implement projects and programmes through Gateway Reviews, Implementation Readiness Assessments and the Budget ICT Two pass process.  We also support entities to develop a skilled workforce through a whole of government ICT graduates, cadets and apprentices programme and provide advice on cyber security. 

Digital Government Strategy

Assistant Secretary: Mark Richardson
Phone: (02) 6215 1612

Digital Government Strategy has a lead role in delivering on core aspects of the government’s e‑Government and the Digital Economy Policy. In particular this involves working with entities on digital service delivery and the underlying service standards and design guide, digital mailbox, reviewing the 2013 Big Data Strategy, and the cloud computing policy. We also develop whole of government ICT policies, provide Secretariat support for whole-of-government ICT committees, support the delivery of the GovShare collaboration platform, the Parliamentary Workflow Solution across entities and develop and coordinate authentication standards and frameworks. 

Efficiency Improvement

Assistant Secretary: Lewis Conn 
Phone: (02) 6215 2966

The Efficiency Improvement Branch assists in delivering the smaller government agenda by working with entities to implement ways to be more efficient and create a more agile and flexible Public Service.  In particular our priorities include recommending ways to deliver improved Enterprise Resource Planning capability and reducing the printing footprint across the public service, and working with entities to implement a Contestability Framework.  Along with identifying the potential for, and developing, whole-of-government policy to influence better administrative practice including benchmarking. The Branch also supports the Deputy Secretary’s Efficiency Working Group and the projects it is undertaking to improve efficiency. 

Governance and Public Management

First Assistant Secretary: Linda Powell
Phone: (02) 6215 3310

Governance and Public Management focuses on ensuring good governance and public sector management frameworks, including driving the next phase of the Public Management Reform Agenda, and provides policy advice and oversight of Commonwealth civilian and parliamentary superannuation arrangements and investment funds. The keystone of these reforms is the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and a series of associated projects and initiatives to improve the governance practices, performance and accountability of the Commonwealth Government. 

Funds and Superannuation

Assistant Secretary: Neil Robertson
Phone: (02) 6215 2110

Funds and Superannuation provides policy advice to the government on its Investment Funds:

  • Future Fund
  • Building Australia Fund
  • Education Investment Fund
  • Health and Hospitals Fund
  • DisabilityCare Australia Fund
  • Asset Recycling Fund (to be legislated)
  • Medical Research Future Fund (to be legislated)

Funds and Superannuation also provides policy advice on the Commonwealth civilian and parliamentary superannuation arrangements and manages the financial aspects of those superannuation arrangements. Superannuation arrangements are a significant aspect of Commonwealth administration covering over 160,000 contributing Commonwealth members and encompassing the management of significant financial flows and liabilities.

Communications Advice

Assistant Secretary: Laurie Van Veen
Phone: (02) 6215 3178

Communications Advice provides policy advice on the government’s information and advertising framework and assists with the coordination of whole of government advertising campaigns. We provide advice to departments and entities on communications good practice, strategies and research, and assist with the procurement of communications consultants, through a multi-use list. Within Finance, we collaborate with Procurement Management, with the management of the Commonwealth’s master media agency.

Resource Management

Assistant Secretary: Kerry Markoulli
Phone: (02) 6215 3538

Resource Management promotes good public resource management, both in Australia and internationally.  We develop and implement policy in relation to the Australian Government grants framework and government charging, and work with stakeholders to improve the grants and cost recovery frameworks. We also provide technical assistance and support the development of capacity across the Indo-Pacific region, through deployments and projects, and facilitate and support Finance’s international engagement activities.

Governance and Public Management Reform Taskforce

First Assistant Secretary: Lembit Suur 
Phone: (02) 6215 3244

In the next phase of the Public Management Reform Agenda (PMRA), the reforms will investigate how to improve planning, performance reporting and evaluation practices in the Commonwealth sector; how to strip away internal red tape requirements; and how to improve the ways in which the Commonwealth joins up with other parties to deliver public programs and services. 

PMRA Policy

Assistant Secretary: Thea Daniel 
Phone: (02) 6215 3657

The PGPA Act is supported by rules, instruments and policy to establish a cohesive and core set of principles and obligations relating to the use of public resources. We develop and maintain legislation, rules, instruments and policy to support the framework.

PMRA Implementation

Assistant Secretary: TBA
Phone: (02) 6215 xxxx

The PGPA Act is supported by rules, instruments and policy to establish a cohesive and core set of principles and obligations relating to the use of public resources. We provide pragmatic guidance and advice to commonwealth entities on the obligations under the PGPA framework and on governance issues more broadly. We also support entities by providing tools and training to assist their comprehension and compliance.

Performance Reporting and Planning

Assistant Secretary: Brad Cook
Phone: (02) 6215 2559

Performance Reporting and Planning have responsibility for the development and implementation of a Performance Framework for all Commonwealth entities.  The establishment of the Performance Framework is a core new requirement of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).  This includes a focus on activities to promote shared outcomes and effective inter-entity collaboration.

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Last updated: 03 August 2016