Ministerial Responsibilities

The Minister for Finance and the Public Service has overall responsibility for the following policy matters.

  • Budget policy and process, and review of governmental programmes
  • Government financial accountability, governance and financial management frameworks, including grants and procurement policy and services
  • Staffing of agencies
  • Establishment and review of Special Accounts
  • Shareholder responsibilities for strategic direction and oversight of Government Business Enterprises and commercial Commonwealth entities treated as GBEs
  • Policy guidance and management of Act of Grace requests and waiver of debts owed to the Commonwealth
  • Legislation for governance, performance and accountability of Commonwealth entities including general policy guidelines for Commonwealth statutory authorities 
  • Superannuation arrangements for Australian Government civilian employees and parliamentarians, and retirement benefits for Governors-General, Federal Judges and Federal Court Judges.
  • Asset sales
  • Public sector productivity improvement
  • Modernisation of client service, technology and Commonwealth entity operating models
  • Shared services
  • Policy advice on the Future Fund and Nation-building Funds and authorisation of payments from the Nation building funds to Agencies
  • Comcover, the Commonwealth’s self-managed insurance fund
  • Public Service agency standards, policies and leadership