Commonwealth Evaluation Reference Group

The Commonwealth Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) provides cross‑government leadership and coordination to embed a culture of evaluation in the Australian Government.

The ERG:

  • works with the ACE to shape, prioritise, and implement staged APS evaluation reform initiatives that deliver on the scale and ambition of the APS Reform Plan.
  • provides strategic advice and guidance to maximise alignment between whole‑of‑government reform initiatives and the tailored needs and objectives of individual entities.

The ERG consists of two levels of membership – senior leaders and technical experts – with representatives from a range of departments and agencies who can shape and implement evaluation practice through multiple channels.

Together, the ERG comprises a dedicated group of trusted advisers who have the authority, expertise, and influence to enhance evaluation practices, capabilities, and culture within their organisation.

Terms of Reference

Download the Commonwealth Evaluation Reference Group – Terms of Reference [PDF 361KB| DOCX 176KB]

More information

If you would like more information about the ERG, email

Participating entities

  • Australian Centre for Evaluation (Department of the Treasury) – Chair
  • Attorney General’s Department
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Department of Health and Aged Care
  • Department of Home Affairs
  • Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
  • Department of Industry, Science and Resources
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Indigenous Business Australia
  • National Emergency Management Agency
  • National Indigenous Australian’s Agency
  • Services Australia
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