Working with others
The PGPA Act requires the accountable authority of a Commonwealth entity to encourage officials to cooperate with others to achieve common objectives, where practicable. ‘Others’ includes other Commonwealth entities, other levels of government, and other public and private bodies and organisations including in the not‑for‑profit sector.
The following guidance aims to assist accountable authorities and officials in meeting their obligation to work with others:
- General duties of accountable authorities – further guidance on meeting the obligations under section 17 of the PGPA Act
- National Collaboration Framework – processes, tools and a suite of template agreements to assist Commonwealth entities, state/territory and local jurisdictions to work collaboratively to achieve government objectives
- Government Collaborative Suite – tools to support the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources in the pursuit of more effective, efficient and innovative solutions, includes govdex , govshare , the Australian Government Architecture, and the National Standards Framework
- National Public Private Partnerships Framework  – policy and guidance for partnering with the private sector for the provision of public infrastructure and related services
- Cooperation with other jurisdictions – guidance on working with states, territories and local government, including guidance for classifying payments
- Handling money by persons outside the Commonwealth – guidance on entering into and administering arrangements in relation to other CRF money
Further, Australian Public Service communities of practice provide a platform for public sector employees of a specific domain to share knowledge and practices, and learn from each other.
Last updated: 22 September 2016