Public accountability publishing

business people

Working together to manage next step changes in corporate planning, performance and accountability
The enhanced Commonwealth performance framework involves some inevitable step changes: bringing direct reports through change and developing new collaborations. We’re well placed to help you think these things through.

We keep abreast of developments in legislation, policy and communication technology so that our advice to you is always current. You can also draw on our expanding in-house and network capacity to deliver digital publishing and digital service delivery, including apps, epub file formats and social media content.

Public management reform agenda

From 2011 WHH supported the Finance team that managed the policy development process that accompanied the introduction of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. We have continued this support since its enactment on materials concerning the public management reform agenda that will see the new accountability framework implemented across the whole of government. Our work so far has included:

  • various materials supporting the Act’s introduction including the explanatory memorandum and guidance about the Act and rules, 2012–15
  • Sharpening the focus: A framework for improving Commonwealth performance, 2012
  • Commonwealth Financial Accountability Review issues papers, 2010–11.

The introduction of new corporate plan and annual performance statement requirements in the upcoming 2015–16 financial year will require some thought about how to align those workflows and approval processes with the more familiar cycle of portfolio budget and additional estimates statements and annual reports.

Contact us for more information about how this whole-of-government change is progressing.

Annual reports, and portfolio budget and additional estimate statements

Between May and October each year WHH partners more than a dozen Commonwealth entities in producing their annual reports.

We can help from the start, with planning advice and author’s briefs, through to physical delivery to the Parliament for tabling and posting of online version.

Many of the annual reports we have helped our clients produce have won prizes from the Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT chapter) and in the Australasian Reporting Awards.

WHH has stayed current with the annual report guidelines issued by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet over many years. We also support some clients in preparing their portfolio budget and additional estimates statements, so we have working knowledge about the existing key performance indicator framework for reporting.

We will be keeping current as PM&C, Finance and relevant parliamentary committees work through the public management reform agenda in FY 2015–16 and subsequent budget cycles; and staying in that conversation with our clients and partners.


Department of Defence Annual Report Cover

Department of Defence. Annual report 2013-14. Services included: editorial, graphic design (support) and typesetting.
Australian Federal Police Annual Report Cover

Australian Federal Police. Annual report 2013-14. Services included: editorial and graphic design (support).
Department of Employment Annual Report Cover

Department of Employment. Annual report 2013-14. Services included: editorial.
Department of House of Representatives Annual Report Cover

Department of the House of Representatives. Annual report 2013-14. Services included: editorial.
Australian Federal Police Annual Report Cover

Attorney–General’s Portfolio. Portfolio Budget Statements 2015-16 (PBS). Services included: editorial, formatting/page layout.
MDBA The Living Murray Report Cover

Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). The Living Murray 2013–14 Environmental Watering Report. Services included: editorial, content planning, graphic design and typesetting.