Commonwealth authority means:
- a body corporate established for a public purpose by or under a law of the Commonwealth; or
- a body corporate:
- incorporated under a law of the Commonwealth or a State or a Territory; and
- in which the Commonwealth has a controlling interest.
Commonwealth authorities include ‘corporate Commonwealth entities’ and ‘Commonwealth companies’. Examples include:
- the Australian Postal Corporation (Australia Post)
- the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
- the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)
- the National Library of Australia.
A ‘Flipchart’ and list of Commonwealth statutory authorities, including ‘corporate Commonwealth entities’ and ‘Commonwealth companies’ is available on the Department of Finance website (PGPA Flipchart and entity list): https://www.finance.gov.au/government/managing-commonwealth-resources/structure-australian-government-public-sector/pgpa-act-flipchart-and-list