Summary of performance and highlights
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In accordance with the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework introduced in 2015–16, Finance’s performance reporting is structured around the four purposes set out in the department’s Corporate Plan 2015–16. In previous years, performance reporting centred on our outcomes and programs. The relationship between our purposes and our outcomes and programs is shown in Appendix A.
The performance framework also requires that the annual report include annual performance statements. The annual performance statements reflect the actual results achieved against the performance criteria set out in our corporate plan and portfolio budget statements for the reporting period.
Our key priorities for 2015–16 were:
- supporting the government to deliver its fiscal policy objectives through the budget and financial advice, management and reporting, as required by the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (see ‘Delivering the 2016–17 Budget and economic updates’)
- supporting the smaller government agenda and ensuring public sector operations are cost-effective, including rationalising surplus office leases and expanding the reform of back-office systems and coordinated procurement arrangements for ICT products and services (see ‘Shared and common services program’ and ‘Revised ICT benchmarking framework’)
- supporting the government’s agenda to modernise approaches for the efficient delivery and management of publicly funded services and assets, including:
- delivering key projects such as completing the negotiation on the long-term arrangements for the Air Warfare Destroyer Program and the strategic review of ASC Pty Ltd’s mandate, corporate and capital structure and governance (see ‘Reform of the Air Warfare Destroyer Project’ and ‘Review of ASC’s mandate, corporate and capital structure and governance’)
- undertaking reviews and scoping studies to assess optimal arrangements for delivery and ownership options for identified assets, such as the Intra-Government Communications Network and the Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd (see ‘Intra-Government Communications Network scoping study’ and ‘Australian Rail Track Corporation scoping study’).
In 2015–16, Finance achieved a longstanding operational objective by co-locating most Canberra-based staff (previously accommodated across several separate tenancies) into one building. The new building creates the opportunity for our people to collaborate more easily across the organisation, and improved technology and work practices will make operations more agile and better connected and help organise people more flexibly in response to work priorities (see ‘Finance transformation program’).
Last updated: 24 October 2016