When the establishment of a public agency is being considered, particular attention should be paid to why the public agency is being established and whether some level of autonomy from government will make the public agency more effective.

Any decision to create a public agency should be based on the following principles:

  • government functions should only be performed outside of a government department when there is adequate rationale for this approach;
  • preference is given to performing government functions within a department first, within an existing entity secondly and then within a new public agency; and
  • prior to the establishment of a new public agency, the Minister must be able to clearly articulate the need, government's support for the work the public agency will be mandated to do, and desired outcomes.

To provide additional information on defining the responsibility of agencies and public agency creation, please review the documents below.

Agency Creation — Building a Case (PDF, 0.05 MB)

Advisory Bodies — Issues to Consider and Best Practices (PDF, 0.1 MB)

Good Governance Guide — Issues to consider in the formation of public sector entities (PDF, 0.3 MB)
Source: Chartered Secretaries Australia