Throughout 2018, the Department of Finance led a pilot Digital Annual Report Project with a collection of participating entities. These entities contributed to the design and features of the Transparency Portal and workflow system:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Australian Taxation Office
- Department of Education and Training
- Department of Finance
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Department of Health
- Department of Human Services
- Department of Parliamentary Services
- Department of the House of Representatives
- Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Department of the Senate
- Department of the Treasury
- Digital Transformation Agency
- National Health Funding Body
All participating entities have produced and digitised their 2017-18 Annual Report. With the approval of each participating entity’s accountable authority, information and data displayed within the website represents a digital replication of their reports.
The information and data displayed does not supersede the published report produced by entities as tabled in the Parliament. The tabled and published report remains the entities’ report for all purposes including under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
This pilot is the starting point of transparency.gov.au. For the 2018-19 reporting cycle there will be a complete set of Annual Reports for all Commonwealth entities’ and Commonwealth companies’.
Over time, the Transparency Portal will be expanded to incorporate additional information such as documents with a view to establishing a single authoritative source of reporting requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. A sample of Corporate Plans and Portfolio Budget Statements that correlate with an Annual Report have been digitised to demonstrate this potential.
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