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national library of Australia Cataloguing-in-publication data:

Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration

978-1-921739-01-9 (Hardcopy)

978-1-921739-02-6 (PDF)

978-1-921739-03-3 (RTF)

© Commonwealth of Australia 2010

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the Advisory Group has provided this report to the Government. it does not necessarily reflect the views of
the Commonwealth, or indicate a commitment to a particular course of action.

published by: Australian Government department of the prime minister and Cabinet.

photographs of Advisory Group members and secretariat taskforce by Geoff Comfort www.geoffcomfort.com

All other photographs copyright Commonwealth of Australia (except where specified)
thanks to AusAid, Australian Antarctic division, Australian Customs and Border protection service,
Australian taxation office, Centrelink, department of education, employment and Workplace Relations,
department of Families, housing, Community services and indigenous Affairs, Great Barrier Reef marine
park Authority, medicare Australia, Royal Australian mint.

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Ahead of the Game – Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration march 2010

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rEcOMMENDATION 1.3: DELIvEr SErvIcES IN cLOSEr PArTNErSHIP
WITH STATE, TErrITOry AND LOcAL GOvErNMENTS

partner with state, territory and local governments to achieve better outcomes for citizens.•

integrate delivery teams using employees from multiple Australian Government agencies in •
particular locations to enable more joined up delivery.

share more information between all levels of government.•

make information accessible to citizens on services provided by all levels of government.•

Lead Agencies: department of education, employment and Workplace Relations (deeWR) and
department of Families, housing, Community services and indigenous Affairs (FahCsiA)

ACtions to mAKe this hAppen

the secretaries Board would commission project work to develop options for Government consideration on: •

Cross-portfolio service delivery teams that have the delegated authority to act as an integrated team on –
behalf of all partner agencies;

mechanisms for incorporating joint Commonwealth state service delivery reform and innovation into major –
Commonwealth state funding agreements;

Co-location of existing Australian Government state offices in regional areas; –

opportunities for efficiencies and joined-up services, including with state and territory agencies in –
particular locations to focus on improved case coordination, particularly for those experiencing entrenched
social disadvantage. locations would be chosen using work underway by the social inclusion Board; and

information sharing protocols between governments including internationally with treaty partners. these –
protocols would ensure that all information essential to the effective and efficient administration of
governments is shared, consistent with privacy and secrecy laws and include a mechanism for agreeing
these protocols with relevant governments. the protocols could be advanced in areas such as child
protection and identity security.

the secretaries Board would commission work to develop information products based on the agreed life •
events approach recommended in Recommendation 1.1 to ensure citizens can access information about
services available from all levels of government.

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rEcOMMENDATION 1.4: rEDucE uNNEcESSAry BuSINESS
rEGuLATOry BurDEN

extend the standard Business Reporting (sBR) functionality (due for release in July 2010), to •
ease the regulatory burden imposed by government on business.

minimise reporting and compliance requirements for business and remove unnecessary or •
poorly designed regulation.

Lead Agencies: department of the treasury (treasury) and department of Finance and
deregulation (Finance)

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the sBR program Board, in consultation with agencies and appropriate business representatives would •
identify for Government consideration other sectors that would benefit from reducing regulatory burden. the
advice would include the relative priorities and the likely costs as well as benefits to the community.

When Government considers changing regulation, such as the Review of Australia’s Future tax system, care •
needs to be taken to avoid additional regulatory burden. Regulations should take into account the different
capacities of business from the very smallest to large multinationals.

to assist the sBR program Board in determining priority areas Finance, in consultation with agencies, would •
continue to progress the current mapping of legislative and administrative compliance requirements that
impose unnecessary external regulatory cost and reporting burden.

the sBR program Board would develop for Government consideration, proposals that broaden the •
functionality to other sectors to simplify business-to-government reporting by:

Removing unnecessary or duplicated information from government forms; –

using business software to automatically pre-fill forms; –

Adopting a common reporting language, based on international standards and best practice; –

making reporting a by-product of natural business processes; –

providing an electronic interface to agencies directly from business software, which will also provide –
validation and confirm receipt of reports; and

providing a single secure online sign-on for business and reporting professionals to report electronically to –
government agencies involved.

Where it is identified that there are more relevant opportunities outside of sBR to rationalise the reporting •
and compliance requirements for business, agencies should develop alternative mechanisms (for example,
changes to regulation or wholesale removal of reporting requirements) for streamlining administrative
compliance.

these mechanisms should consider the applicability of the department of innovation, industry, science and •
Research (diisR) and functionality that allows forms to be quickly and conveniently
found and completed online, and also consider moving all agencies forms to a common platform, such as the
Australian Government online service point developed by diisR and Finance.

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