The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act, or PGPA Act, is a cornerstone of the Commonwealth Resource Management Framework governing how Commonwealth public sector officials use and manage public resources – and report on it.
Reporting requirements may be mandatory, but they also provide the opportunity for Commonwealth government agencies to improve their own performance.
By tracking the agency’s performance against the framework, it can help understand and improve decisions relating to workforce planning, project management and expenditure.
Data: in need of the next step
But today, there is a wealth of information that can contribute to this knowledge base supporting government decision-making – including information that can come from the Internet of Things (IoT).
For large agencies, including Home Affairs, Defence and the Department of Human Services, the information available to gain intelligence from can be enormous and complex.
However, when it is used in the right way, it can help make all aspects of public engagement with government run faster and more smoothly.
The aim of the PGPA Act is to move towards real-time performance and outcome metrics for live monitoring of government activities.
The future of analytics
To achieve this, it is more important than ever for government to embrace new means of analytics. Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a new tool to assist agencies to reach these new benchmarks.
Providing the ability to sift through the noise and identify patterns within complex data to assist decision-making, AI can not only support processes in meeting reporting requirements of Commonwealth government agencies, but also to exceed them.
Yet it is not as simple as buying hardware and software and setting machine learning in motion. AI works best to automate and simplify complex and resource intensive tasks – including real-time reporting to support the requirements set out by the PGPA Act.
Join the conversation: free breakfast seminar
In Canberra on Tuesday November 13, The Mandarin and SAS will host a free breakfast seminar to shed light on the ability of AI to assist Commonwealth agencies with their reporting and decision-making processes.
Gordon de Brouwer – former secretary Department of Energy and Environment, Marek Rucinski – ATO Deputy Commissioner of Smarter Data, Patricia Kelly – former Director-General IP Australia, and Ray Greenwood – AI expert at SAS, will form the expert panel. Join us as we consider new leadership strategies using system thinking, AI and the deployment of advanced analytics in agencies, to streamline and optimise decision making, freeing executives to focus on key challenges.
It will be a must for all executives managing the complexity of modern government.