The 1980s have seen an unprecedented series of financial management, accounting, and budgetary reforms in the Australian federal public sector. The rationale for these reforms, their progress to date, and the challenges they pose for the future are addressed in this chapter to provide some insights into the “results or performance-oriented” management approach adopted by the Federal Government. Significant economic reform has also been pursued in Australia during this period and, in a very real sense, it has been linked closely with the financial management and budgetary initiatives of the Government. This nexus is best seen by describing the circumstances that brought about the reform process.

Issues and Country Studies
Editor: A. Premchand