4.1 Rationalisation of remaining agencies, boards and committees
The Commission’s Phase One Report highlighted the large number of Commonwealth government bodies and the potential for this to contribute to duplication and overlap, unnecessary complexity, inefficiencies and a lack of accountability within government. In light of this, the Commission recommended that each department reassess all bodies within its portfolio with a view to reducing their number and associated overheads.
In the Phase One Report the Commission focussed on 194 principal Commonwealth bodies that operate under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, and recommended action of some form in relation to 99 of these bodies.
As part of further deliberations, the Commission has recommended action on three more principal bodies in its Phase Two Report, bringing the total recommended actions for principal bodies to 102.
In addition to the 194 principal bodies, the Commission has identified 696 non-principal bodies at the Commonwealth level (including councils, boards and committees) based on information provided by departments and through other research undertaken. Of these, the Commission recommends that 482 non-principal bodies be considered for abolition, amalgamation, transformation or assessment.
Recommended actions and notes on all of the Commission’s recommended actions on the 194 principal bodies and the 696 non-principal bodies are summarised in Table 4.1 below.
The Commission recognises further investigations and consultations may be required regarding these recommendations.
Table 4.1 Rationalisation of remaining agencies, boards and committees
Source: National Commission of Audit, 2014.