New edition of the Commonwealth Grant Guidelines

The second edition of the Commonwealth Grant Guidelines was issued by the finance minister in December 2012. The guidelines come into effect on 1 June 2013.

The revisions to the guidelines are the result of the 2010 Productivity Commission Research Report on Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector (NFP), the 2011 National Compact, the 2012 Williams High Court decision, and amendments to the Financial Management and Accountability (FMA) Act and Regulations (1997).

As a result of the Williams decision, all grant programmes must now have legislative backing in addition to any Appropriation Acts authorising the funding. Consequently, a broader category of grant decisions are now reviewable under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977…

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