Whole-of-Government direction (objectives for the community, priority and strategies)
Whole-of-Government planning involves the setting of high-level Government objectives and priorities. The Financial Accountability Act 2009 requires the Government to prepare, and table in Parliament, community and fiscal objectives:
- Government’s Objectives for the Community (section 10). The Premier is required to prepare and table in Parliament a statement of the Government’s broad objectives for the community including details of arrangements for regular reporting to the community about the outcomes the Government has achieved against its objectives for the community.
The Government’s objectives for the community are contained in the document titled ‘Getting Queensland back on track: Statement of objectives for the community’. This document also outlines the Government’s planned reporting to the community.
In addition to the Government’s broad objectives for the community, from time to time the Government may release whole-of-Government plans or announce a specific initiative to address a particular issue for Queensland. These issues may result from a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreement or be specific to an identified Queensland State need. No formal governance arrangements apply to these ad hoc specific purpose plans, other than normal Cabinet submission procedures.
- Government’s Fiscal Objectives (section 11). The Treasurer is required to prepare and table in Parliament a charter of fiscal responsibility giving details of the Government’s fiscal objectives and the fiscal principles that support those objectives. The Treasurer must report regularly to Parliament on the progress the Government has made against the objectives stated in the Charter.
The fiscal objectives describe the Government's commitment to maintaining a strong fiscal position for the State and to ensure that the State's asset base supports current and future service delivery needs.
No specific timeframes exist for the Premier and Treasurer to review their community and fiscal objectives. There is potential for review at any time.
Strategic and operational planning - Agency
Section 9 of the Financial and Performance Management Standard 2009 requires each accountable officer and statutory body to:
- develop a strategic plan for the agency, covering a period of 4 years
- develop an operational plan/s for the agency, covering a period of not more than 1 year, and
- comply with the policy ‘Agency Planning Requirements’ which provides detailed planning requirements.
Agencies develop strategic plans to align agency service delivery to achieve the Government's broad objectives for the community. An agency's strategic plan assists to articulate the agency's direction to staff and external stakeholders.
The objectives of developing operational plans are to:
- translate an agency's strategic plan into operational terms (how the agency will achieve the objectives outlined in the strategic plan), and
- outline the direction of a work area (a work area may be an agency, office, division or branch).
Other planning – Agency
The Financial Accountability Act 2009 (section 61(e)) requires accountable officers and statutory bodies to undertake planning 'appropriate to the size of the department or statutory body'.
This could include specific purpose planning which focuses on areas of high strategic importance which requires consolidation and alignment across the agency. For example, if the agency has a large asset base, it may be appropriate for an asset strategic plan to be prepared.
- Agency Planning Requirements provides in detail the planning requirements agencies must follow.
- Financial Accountability Handbook includes the systems and processes that agencies must have regard to for effective strategic and operational planning, client awareness and service provision and performance management.
- Financial Management Tools contains some consideration points that can assist in the planning process.
Last reviewed 3 December 2013