Chartertech was engaged by the Department of Home Affairs to undertake a program of works that has involved providing consulting and accounting advisory services to improve the management accounting function, including the budget allocation process, budget performance reporting, budget development, budget forecasting, capital budgeting and budget analysis, which commenced with formulating a strategic roadmap with the CFO.
In the initial phase we undertook an independent review of the internal budget framework to inform recommendations for a new framework. With an understanding of the Home Affairs environment and better practice public sector approaches, we undertook a detailed assessment of external and internal budget data and developed policy positions, internal processes and budget system functional requirements. We integrated external and internal budget data to ensure it underpinned internal budget management activities for Groups, Divisions and Projects and developed a suite of reporting and analysis tools that provided internal and external focussed views. The reports we developed have a wide range of functionality. The appropriation view for example facilitates an understanding of appropriation fluctuations between years.
We also developed an Executive Dashboarding functionality which enables key stakeholders to access a self service, non-technical reporting mechanism allowing end-users the ability to customise the information that is relevant to them at a point in time.
The engagement delivered the following benefits for Home Affairs:
- An enhanced understanding of the department’s funding sources.
- An enhanced budget management process with greater levels of engagement across the organisation.
- Uplifted organisational capability, enhancing staff skills and knowledge.
- Improved outyear allocations by providing a clear view of future divisional and project budgets.
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