Chapter 9: Management and Accountability



A robust corporate governance framework and a culture of supporting and sustaining our people help us to achieve our objectives.

Corporate governance is the process by which PM&C manages and controls its business. It covers matters such as authority, accountability, stewardship, leadership, direction, ethics and control.

Elements of PM&C's corporate governance framework include business planning, senior leadership, audit, risk management, fraud control, senior management committees, chief executive's instructions, human resource (HR) policies and guidelines, the enterprise agreement, organisational structure, the IT strategic plan and performance agreements.


Our 2009-10 Business Plan stated PM&C's objectives as:

  • being the pre-eminent public policy agency in Australia
  • demonstrating excellence in leadership in the Australian Public Service, and
  • being a recognised leader in policy development globally.

Our 2009-10 Business Plan was characterised by three strategic priorities:

  • support the Government's program of reform through strategic policy advice and coordination and implementation of government policy
  • support the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Cabinet Secretary in managing government business, and
  • support the organisation and its people.

Our 2009-10 Business Plan outlined key activities undertaken to deliver our priorities. These included:

  • the provision of strategic advice to support government policy and its implementation
  • support for government decision making, community consultation processes and machinery of government, and
  • the provision of high-level human resource, financial and business support to divisions and units.

Our senior leadership (SES Band 2 and above) is responsible for ensuring we meet our business plan objectives. Our senior leadership and their areas of responsibility are described below.