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Priorities for 2017-18

Our key priorities for 2017-18 were as follows:

  • supporting the government to deliver its fiscal policy objectives through the Budget and provision of financial advice, management and reporting as required by the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
  • delivering on major projects and key government priorities including:
  • successfully delivering services to visiting heads of state and heads of government attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)–Australia Special Summit 2018 held in Sydney from 15 to 19 March 2018
  • continuing the implementation of recommendations arising from An Independent Parliamentary Entitlements System: Review, specifically: establishment of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority as a non-corporate Commonwealth entity; a new framework for parliamentary work expenses; and the new Parliamentary Expenses Management System
  • completion of the redeveloped Central Budget Management System (CBMS-R) as a sustainable platform to support production of the federal Budget and other updates
  • establishing, restructuring and driving policy initiatives for Snowy Hydro Limited, WSA Co Limited (for Western Sydney Airport), Inland Rail, ASC Pty Ltd and Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd.
  • building and sustaining relationships of trust and collaboration within Finance, across government and with external stakeholders. These relationships underpin our capacity
  • to advise on efficient and effective spending, generate a strong evidence base, and understand emerging challenges.
  • leading the implementation of a number of reforms that will modernise the Australian Public Service to be more productive, innovative and sustainable. This will assist the APS to continue to respond quickly and expertly to emerging priorities, while remaining trusted, capable and high performing. In this context, Finance provided stewardship of the Public Service Modernisation Fund for the delivery of quality government services at lower cost, using improved data systems and workflows.
  • continuing the commitment within Finance to a ‘build, test, refine’ operating model as we improve and modernise business processes and prepare to transition to a shared services arrangement. Moving to shared services will provide Finance with the opportunity to access leading-edge, scalable systems, to automate and digitise routine processes, and provide a platform to transform business practices and processes.

These priorities were reflected in the ongoing delivery of our internal transformation agenda which seeks to embed a culture of continuous improvement and ensure we are a high-performing, modern and efficient organisation. To support our transformation and guide our approach, we identified four focus areas during 2017-18:

  • People—investing in our people to deliver the best outcomes and supporting an inclusive, curious, empowered and respectful culture.
  • Stewardship—ensuring positive and influential stakeholders to support better outcome for the Australian people.
  • Making business better—continuously improving what we do and how we do it.
  • Integrated business planning—using better data and integrated business planning to align resources with our priorities.

Our people are central to delivering on each of our priorities. For further information, see Part 4: Our People.