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2.3 Performance framework

The ARC’s performance measurement framework is consistent with the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA) Act and the Enhanced Commonwealth Performance Framework.

The ARC’s performance measurement framework ensures a clear line of sight between the objectives, resources and criteria identified within the agency’s Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) and Corporate Plan, and the performance outcomes documented by the Annual Report.

Together, these three documents provide the ARC’s complete performance story. In addition to the ARC’s published performance information, the agency’s performance measurement framework is supported by internal planning, monitoring and reporting processes.

Portfolio Budget Statements

The ARC had one Outcome and three Programs in its 2019–20 PBS (Figure 2).

Figure 2: ARC Outcome and Programs

Note: Budgeted expenses are as published in the 2019–20 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.

Corporate Plan

The ARC Corporate Plan 2019–20 states that the agency’s purpose is:

To grow knowledge and innovation for the benefit of the Australian community by funding the highest quality research, assessing the quality, engagement and impact of research and providing advice on research matters.

Annual Performance Statement

The Annual Performance Statement in Section 3.1 documents the ARC’s achievements against its purpose in the Corporate Plan, and Outcome and Programs in the PBS.

Figure 3: Mapping the ARC Outcome and Programs to the ARC’s purpose