Benefits Management Policy

The Benefits Management Policy (BMP) standardises benefits management practices for whole-of-government digital and ICT-enabled investments. This helps agencies deliver digital and ICT outcomes. 

What's included 

The Benefits Management Policy defines how benefits are managed across the Australian Government digital and ICT portfolio.  

It includes: 

  • the requirements for investment oversight
  • best-practice guidance on benefits management.

The first iteration of the Benefits Management Policy incorporates with the ‘Contestability’ state of the Investment Oversight Framework (IOF).  

The final policy will complement the full framework, putting benefits at the centre of how investments are:

  • planned
  • prioritised
  • contested
  • assured. 

Who it is for

The principles are applied across investments, regardless of the size, scale or complexity. 

All digital and ICT-enabled investment proposals are expected to address and define:

  • the purpose of the investment
  • the anticipated outcomes
  • how improvements are measured against outcomes
  • how improvements are monitored and optimised.

Our Investment Advisors have some discretion over the detail and documentation expected for each investment, provided all Digital Capability Assessment Process (DCAP) criteria is met.

Tools, templates and frequently asked questions

We've released guidance and tools as well as frequently asked questions to help agencies comply with the BMP. 

We regularly update guidance to help agencies understand their requirements and how they're assessed in the DCAP.

Benefits Management Taskforce

The Benefits Management taskforce was established in March 2023. The taskforce leads the development and implementation of the BMP. Agencies can contribute to the taskforce on short to medium-term rotations.

Agency participation helps us make use of existing best-practice. It also makes sure the BMP can be adopted and applied when agencies are best positioned to adapt proposals. Such as early in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) process.  

Engage with us

Agencies preparing digital and ICT-enabled investment proposals must contact us at the earliest opportunity. This makes sure there is sufficient time to align and comply proposals with whole-of-government digital and ICT policies and standards.

More information

For information about how the Benefits Management Policy applies to your proposal contact investment@dta.gov.au

Provide feedback

Agencies can provide feedback to the Benefits Management Taskforce by contacting benefits.management@dta.gov.au

Download the BMP

 Download the Benefits Management Policy (PDF, 295KB)