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CGC Budget Statements

Portfolio Budget Statements for the Commonwealth Grants Commission.


Corporate Plans

Corporate Plan 2021–22 (HTML) Corporate Plan 2021–22 (PDF  447KB)
Corporate Plan 2020-21 (HTML) Corporate Plan 2020-21 (PDF 310 KB)
Corporate Plan 2019–20 (HTML) Corporate Plan 2019–20 (PDF 310 KB)

For corporate plans further back than this please contact CGC via services [at] cgc.gov.au (subject: Prior%20year%20corporate%20plans) (email).


Annual Reports

From 2018–19 onwards, annual reports are required to be published on the transparency portal. Html links for these annual reports link directly to the digital annual report on the transparency portal.

Annual Report 2020-21 (HTML) Annual Report 2020-21 (PDF 1.19MB)
Annual Report 2019–20 (HTML) Annual Report 2019-20 (PDF 2.01 MB)
Annual Report 2018–19 (HTML) Annual Report 2018–19 (PDF 984 KB)
Annual Report 2017–18 (HTML) Annual Report 2017–18 (PDF 3.21 MB)
Annual Report 2016–17 (DOCX 6.88 MB) Annual Report 2016–17 (PDF 3.01 MB)

For annual reports further back than this please contact CGC via services [at] cgc.gov.au (subject: Prior%20year%20annual%20reports) (email).


Audit Committee Charter

The following Audit Committee Charter has been published in accordance with paragraph 17AG(2A) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014. This Charter was approved by the Secretary in March 2020.

Audit Committee Charter (HTML) Audit Committee Charter (PDF 69 KB)


Legal Services Expenditure

Paragraph 11.1(ba) of the Legal Services Directions 2017 requires that, by 30 October each year, entities make records of the legal services expenditure for the previous financial year publicly available.


The Commonwealth Grants Commission’s total external legal expenditure (GST exclusive, rounded to the nearest dollar) for 2020-21 was $15,531.


The Commonwealth Grants Commission’s internal legal expenditure for 2020-21 was nil.


Senate Order for Entity Contracts

The Senate Order for entity contracts requires non-corporate Commonwealth Entities to list all procurement contracts of $100,000 or more on the AusTender website, and list non-procurement contracts on their entity websites.

Procurement contracts

You can find a list of our procurement contracts on the AusTender Senate Order Report. This is a list of contracts entered into by the Commonwealth Grants Commission that have:

  • a value of $100,000 or more
  • not been fully performed in the reporting period or were entered into during the reporting period.

The accountable authority of the CGC has assured that the listed contracts do not contain any inappropriate confidentiality provisions.

Non-procurement contracts

No non-procurement contracts were entered into by the CGC during the reporting period.

Estimated cost of complying with this order

It is estimated that the cost of complying with this order for this period is $500.

Method used to estimate the cost

Applying average salary and on-costs to the number of hours spent by staff across various classifications to collect and analyse the information.


Senate Order for Departmental File Lists

The Senate agreed on 14 November 1994 to a motion by Senator Harradine requiring that each Minister table indexed lists of file titles created by Central Offices of each department or agency he or she administers. The lists are to be tabled twice a year, once in the spring sittings, comprising file titles created in the preceding July to December, and once in the Autumn sittings, comprising titles created in the preceding January to June.

The Order was varied by the Senate on 3 December 1998 and now requires that each department and agency provide, on its Internet home page, access to an indexed list of all relevant files created; and tabling of a letter from the Portfolio Minister to the President of the Senate, advising that such indexed lists have been placed on the Internet.

In addition, under the terms of the order, "relevant files" include those relating to policy advising functions, the development of legislation and matters of public administration. Case related files, those related to internal administration of a department or agency, and those files transferred to the Australian Archives, are specifically excluded.

File List 1 January to 30 June 2021 (PDF 60 KB) File List 1 January to 30 June 2021 (DOCX 29 KB)
File List 1 July to 31 December 2020 (PDF 60 KB) File List 1 July to 31 December 2020 (DOCX 29 KB)


Freedom of Information

From 1 May 2011, the Commonwealth Grants Commission is required by section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to disclose access decisions through a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log provides access to information which has been released in response to an FOI access request.

The information that will be described in the disclosure log will be information released by the CGC under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and is available for public access.

Detailed information about FOI can be found at the website for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

FOI requests

Requests to access documents must be in writing and must provide enough information about the documents sought to enable the CGC to identify them.

Requests should be lodged by services [at] cgc.gov.au (subject: FOI%20Request%3A) (email).

A link is provided to the disclosure log where the information can be downloaded from this, or another, website. 

Fees and charges

There is no fee for making a request but the Freedom of Information Act 1982 provides that charges may be imposed for processing requests.

A charge may be imposed to reimburse the CGC for the cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you. We will try to meet all reasonable requests for an alternative format of the document in a timely manner and at the lowest reasonable cost to you.


Information Publication Scheme

The Information Publication Scheme (IPS) is established by Part II of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 with effect from 1 May 2011. The IPS aims to transform the freedom of information framework from one that responds to individual requests for access to documents to one that requires agencies to take a proactive approach to publishing information. You can find out more about the IPS on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website.

Under the Information Publication Scheme:

  • Australian Government agencies are required to publish agency plans
  • specific categories of information must be published
  • agencies may proactively publish other government information.

Agency Plan

IPS Agency Plan (PDF 668 KB)

IPS Agency Plan (DOCX 108 KB)

As per the Agency Plan, the CGC publishes the following information holdings: