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The Government announced specific initiatives in the 2017-18 Budget, to allocate the Modernisation Fund to reforms that deliver quality government services at a lower cost and use leading technology and collaborative approaches to address complex problems facing society. The Shared Services Program (Program) is one of the initiatives focused on improving the efficiency and sustainability of common corporate services.

The Program, led by the Department of Finance, is an Australian Public Service (APS) wide program for the provision of common services through centres of excellence (hubs) and the transition of agencies into these hubs.

The Program is part of the Government’s vision for a smaller, smarter and more productive and sustainable public sector, which is helping transform the way the public service operates by reforming traditional operating models.

The Program aims to ensure the APS is better positioned to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing environment and tight fiscal circumstances. Further information about the Government’s agenda can be found in the preface of Budget Paper 4.