Spending relevant money

decorationOfficials in non-corporate Commonwealth entities who are required to commit relevant money or enter into or administer an arrangement must comply with the requirements in the PGPA Act and PGPA Rule, various other legislative instruments and policies that apply to spending relevant money and the entity’s internal controls.

Approving commitments of relevant money

A commitment is an activity that results in an obligation to pay relevant money.

The PGPA Act provides flexibility for accountable authorities to establish controls relating to the commitment of relevant money that are appropriate to an entity and its specific circumstances.  The controls should identify and balance risks and efficiencies related to the commitment of relevant money.

Guidance on the requirements in PGPA Act and PGPA Rule that all officials must consider when approving commitments of relevant money:

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Types of arrangements

Other rules and policies will apply to the commitment of relevant money will depend on the type of arrangement that is used.  Guidance on how to distinguish between a grant, a procurement and other common types of arrangements:

More information on Grants – the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines (CGRGs) and better practice principles for grants administration

More information on Procurement – the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) which govern how entities undertake procurements and combine both Australia's international obligations and good practice.  See also:

Other policy and guidance that is relevant to committing relevant money:

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Managing property

Policies and guidance relating to property management

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Contact for information on this page: pmra@finance.gov.au

Last updated: 15 May 2017