The Commonwealth Grants Commission operates under the Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1973, the Public Service Act 1999 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2014.

It recommends how the revenues raised from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) should be distributed to the States and Territories to achieve horizontal fiscal equalisation (HFE).

It is an independent statutory body which responds to requests sent to it by the Commonwealth Treasurer. It makes its recommendations in consultation with the States and Territories and based on data provided by them and independent statistical sources.


The Australian Government Information Publication Scheme (IPS) was established as part of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

The purpose of this agency plan is to both further the principles and objects of the FOI Act as well as meet the specific legislated requirements. The CGC approach is to be completely transparent in providing their completed reports and supporting documents.


This plan outlines how CGC intends to:

  • manage the IPS entry using appropriate mechanisms and procedures
  • publish information required to be published
  • proactively identify and publish further additional information to be published
  • ensure, on a continuing basis, information published under the IPS is accurate, up-to-date and complete (
  • ensure information published under the IPS is compliant with Web content accessibility guidelines (Version 2) (WCAG 2.0))


Establishing and administering the IPS entry

Governance arrangements

The officer responsible for the IPS and FOI is the Director, Corporate Services.


Consistent with the National Archives policy, corporate policy is that the electronic record is an official record, and the IPS entry comprises electronic records wherever possible.

CGC will publish all new information to meet the WCAG 2.0 standards.

The FOI disclosure log is available on the Governance page.

If information is required in an alternative format to that which it is published, CGC will try to meet all reasonable requests in a timely manner and at the lowest reasonable cost to the requester.

IPS entry administration

The IPS entry will be administered on an ongoing basis, and particularly as part of the completion of review and update processes.

IPS information structure

A wide range of information is published on CGC’s website, including all of the categories of information required under the IPS at

Information included on the IPS entry is located on the relevant business web pages.

Information made available through freedom of information (FOI) requests is published in the ATO disclosure log.

Information published under the IPS

IPS compliance review

CGC will:

  • review and update the agency plan, at least annually, usually in concert with completion of an annual update/review process
  • review the operation of the IPS entry and compliance with statutory requirements from time-to-time and at least every five years
  • measure performance in complying with IPS obligations by usage metrics over time as well as taking into account trends in FOI access requests.