Accountability and reporting

We’re an Australian Government agency. Our decisions must be transparent. Our policies credible. Our practices fair and ethical.

We strive to deliver efficient and accountable services to the public.

We must meet certain reporting requirements. This includes obligations under the:

Annual report

Our annual reports show our activities, achievements and performance for each financial year.


Our budget statements detail how we will use our allocated funds each financial year.

Corporate plan

Our corporate plan sets out our goals and how we will measure our performance.

Freedom of information (FOI)

You can request some types of information from us under FOI laws.

Make an FOI request.

Information Publication Scheme

The Information Publication Scheme sets out what we must publish on our website.

Public Interest Certificates

The department publishes Public Interest Certificates under the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018.

Reporting obligations

We have other reporting commitments.

This includes information released:

  • by Senate order
  • by agreement of department Secretaries
  • under direction of the Australian Public Service Commission

Portfolio Audit Committee

The Portfolio Audit Committee is established by the accountable authorities of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, the Director of National Parks, and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (the entities) in compliance with section 45 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and section 17 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (PGPA Rule).

This committee provides independent advice to the secretary (as the accountable authority) on the department's risk, finance, control and compliance frameworks and its external accountability responsibilities.

The accountable authority must, by written charter, determine the functions of the audit committee that is established for the entity as required by subsection 45(1) of the Act.