Nous Group supported an independent review leader to conduct a functional and efficiency review (FER) of the Australian Department of Agriculture at the behest of the Department of Finance. This FER reviewed operational efficiency and alignment between the department’s activities and the government’s policy agenda.
Our review assessed policy-related programmes managed by the department, including programme design effectiveness and delivery efficiency. We strategically benchmarked the Department’s corporate support functions and programmes through three lines of enquiry:
We supported our strategic questioning with detailed line-by-line analysis; resulting in a holistic, well-contextualised, long-term view. We set a tone from the outset that the review, although independent, would be conducted in partnership with the Department; ensuring our recommendations were well-informed, implementable and a coherent addition to the government’s reform agenda.
Our work resulted in clear findings with respect to the appropriateness of the Department’s functions and how it can operate more efficiently. The findings informed further actions in relation to the government’s reform agenda.