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Small Business Guidance Note
30th March 2020
The Small Business guidance note describes the factors unique to small business that should be considered when undertaking a regulatory impact analysis. It expands on The Australian Government Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis by providing policy makers with principles to consider in developing policy that affects small business.
Best Practice Consultation guidance note
30th March 2020
One of the principles for Australian Government policy makers in the Australian Government Guide to Regulatory Impact Analysis relates to consultation. This guidance note provides additional information for policy officers on the best practice processes for consultation when developing policy where regulation may be an option.
Open Letter to the Australian Public Service
20th March 2020
Friday, 20 March 2020 Dear colleagues We are writing to say thank you. Thank you for all you are doing in these testing times and for all that you do every day to support the Government and the people of Australia. We are proud to lead a workforce that is so capably responding to national and global challenges while continuing to deliver the quality services Australians rely on every day. We do not yet know the full extent of COVID-19, but we do know that the APS has a vital role in...
Administrative Arrangements Order made on 5 December 2019 with effect from 1 February 2020
10th March 2020
Administrative Arrangements Order (AAOs) formally allocate executive responsibility among ministers. They set out which matters and legislation are administered by which department or portfolio. Summary of Changes The new AAO reflects the following changes: Transfer employment and skills functions to the renamed Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Transfer agriculture functions to the renamed Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Transfer small business and...
Senate Order on Entity Contracts - 2019 Calendar Year
24th February 2020
Pursuant to the Senate Order on Entity Contracts (as amended 14 May 2015), the following table sets out contracts entered into by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, which provide for a consideration to the value of $100 000 or more and which: (1) started during the period, 2) ended during the period, and 3) started before the period and ended after the period. Some of the contracts listed contain confidentiality provisions of a general nature that are designed to protect the...
Legislation Proposed for Introduction in the 2020 Autumn Sittings
5th February 2020
Bills marked * are proposed for introduction and passage in the Autumn sittings.
Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report 2018-19
Office for Women
4th February 2020
The Gender Balance on Australian Government Boards Report is prepared annually by the Australian Government Office for Women, and reports on the Government’s performance against its gender diversity target.
Social Impact Investing Taskforce - Interim Report
31st January 2020
Executive Summary The interim report summarises the Taskforce’s findings to date—and includes three initiatives recommended for immediate implementation. A final report will be submitted to Government in June 2020. The challenge Despite Australia’s prosperity, too many Australians still face persistent disadvantage and exclusion. Social impact investing can ignite—and grow—better interventions to ensure everyone can participate in the economic and social life of the nation. In Australia, the...
Open letter to the Australian Public Service December 2019
13th December 2019
Friday, 13 December 2019 Dear colleagues The Prime Minister today released the final report of the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (APS) and the Government’s response as part of the Government’s reform agenda for the APS: ‘Delivering for Australians’. We should all be proud of being part of the APS. We are a world-class public service. We work in remote and regional Australia, in Canberra and other capital cities, and around the world. What you do every day, helps to...