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 MOU Community of Practice

MOU Community of Practice

Do you work with memorandums of understanding and want to find out how to make them easier to develop and manage? Did you know there’s a Community of Practice working on that?

Hosted by the ATO, the MOU Community of Practice is seeking to build better relationships across government through MOUs.

This network of MOU practitioners from across Commonwealth government comes together four times a year to share information, tools and experiences. It provides a forum for people to think and collaborate across the whole of government and an opportunity to progress MOU matters, ideas and challenges and tackle them together.

The purpose of the group is to ensure that MOUs support the following:

  • lifting performance on government service delivery
  • contributing to building greater trust and confidence of government
  • a greater focus on improving relationships and achieving mutual outcomes
  • a whole of government approach to agreement-making
  • certainty in decision-making and accountabilities
  • improved speed to implementation of arrangements
  • reduced costs and greater efficiencies
  • standardised tools and processes
  • succinct arrangements that are clear in intent and written in plain English.

The group welcomes MOU practitioners from all agencies. The most recent meetings have had about 20 representatives from a range of agencies including nine departments as well as Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Electoral Commission, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, and Tax Practitioners Board. Most representatives are at EL levels.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 24 September. To find out more or register for upcoming sessions, email MOUadvice [at] ato.gov.au.