Departments will monitor entities their Minister is responsible for, unless the Minister directs otherwise and clarifies who will undertake monitoring instead of the department.
Monitoring departments should have explicit agreements in place with their Minister setting out their monitoring responsibilities. Where a department has notable monitoring responsibilities, its output plan should reflect this by covering the:
specific tasks that will be undertaken
monitoring priorities, including any risks and opportunities faced by the entity
relationship management arrangements
level and type of monitoring capability that will be sustained
kind of information and analysis that will be provided to the Minister, and
frequency with which the above information will be supplied.
Where a department monitors a group of entities in a sector, monitoring agreements and outputs should state the advice and analysis to be provided to the Minister on how well the agencies in the sector are working together. This will include:
the effectiveness and efficiency of cross-agency initiatives
whether there are gaps in delivery or expected results, and
what changes are needed to ensure better integration.