The purpose of the Cross-Agency Funding Framework (the Framework) is to outline the options available to Government and departments to fund cross-agency initiatives. Specifically, the Framework provides alternative models for how funding can be distributed to agencies, i.e. how best to get funding from the centralised Consolidated Fund out to departments (who then distribute funds to other entities where required). The models can be applied whether an initiative is funded from internal sources, from a reprioritisation of existing funding, or by new funding. Several agencies already utilise the Framework’s models, albeit on an informal basis.
The Framework provides for three broad types of funding models:
• Lead agency funding
• Multi-agency funding (simple), and
• Multi-agency funding (complex).
The funding approach adopted will depend upon the complexity surrounding the initiative, particularly the number of agencies involved.