Review of Policy Expenditure and Advice
Page updated 30 Apr 2011
Final report and other material relating to the Review of Expenditure on Policy Advice commissioned by Ministers in 2010.
The Government commissioned the Review of Expenditure on Policy Advice in August 2010 to provide advice on the cost and quality of policy advice, as well as the alignment between policy expenditure and the Government's priorities.
The Review of Expenditure on Policy Advice was chaired by former Treasury secretary Dr Graham Scott. Other members of the review team were former Secretary of the Department of Human Services in Victoria Patricia Faulkner, and Commerce Commission member Pat Duignan.
The Review's final report was provided to the Government in December 2010.
Government Response to the Review of Expenditure on Policy Advice
The Government has agreed to a suite of actions that respond to the Review's recommendations. The overall message is to adjust the system to drive sustained improvement in the quality and management of policy advice. The suite of actions focuses on:
- producing better financial and management information to drive value for money and efficiency
- improving the leadership and management of policy advice within agencies, and
- driving stronger central agency stewardship of the State sector to support cross-agency collaboration, performance improvement, capability building and focus on medium and longer term policy challenges.
The Government has directed the Treasury, the State Services Commission and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to oversee and facilitate implementation of the Government's response. These agencies will provide the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of State Services with a detailed implementation plan by 30 June 2011.
Using PDF Files
|Doc. Date||Created by||Title||Download|
|Apr 2012||Review of Policy Expenditure and Advice||Heads of Profession (HoP) Trial Discontinued||per-hop-apr12.pdf (129 KB)|
|Apr 2012||Review of Policy Expenditure and Advice||Update: Projects Responding to the Review of Expenditure on Policy Advice||per-projects-apr12.pdf (82 KB)|
|Sep 2011||Review of Policy Expenditure and Advice||Treasury Circular 2011/11: Responding to the Policy Expenditure Review: Guidance on Requirements for Policy Work Programmes and Reporting to Ministers||tc-2011-11.pdf (63 KB)|
|Dec 2010||Review of Policy Expenditure and Advice||Improving the Quality and Value of Policy Advice: Findings of the Committee Appointed by the Government to Review Expenditure on Policy Advice
Released 28 April 2011
|report-repa-dec10.pdf (1,820 KB)|
|28 Apr 2011||Minister of Finance, Minister of State Services, Minister for Regulatory Reform||Media Statement: Government to act on policy advice spending review (Beehive website)||On the Beehive website|
|28 Apr 2011||Review of Policy Expenditure and Advice||Summary of the Government Response to the Review of Expenditure on Policy Advice||summ-repa-apr11.pdf (58 KB)|
|[3 Aug 2010]||Minister of Finance, Minister of State Services, Minister for Regulatory Reform||Terms of Reference of the Review of Policy Expenditure and Advice||per-tor-aug10.pdf (307 KB)|
|22 Aug 2011]||The Treasury||Reorganisation of Appropriations for Policy Advice: Guide for Departments
Following this review departments are required to reorganise the policy advice-related appropriations they administer around this definition in time for Budget 2012. This guidance outlines the key steps for implementing the reorganisation of policy advice-related appropriations.