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The Government receives a large number of requests or invitations to provide input into various inquiries or reviews, and to respond to reports on inquiries or reviews, including inquiries undertaken by:
A request may take the form of a direct approach (in writing or otherwise) to the Premier, relevant Ministers and/or relevant agencies or a general invitation to the public. Multiple invitations may be made to different Government Ministers and agencies regarding the same inquiry, and it is important that a coordinated approach is taken.
It is therefore important to ensure there is a systematic approach to determining the need for and nature of any submission, based on early engagement across Government.
The Government may respond to requests in different ways, depending on the nature of the inquiry. In some cases, there may be little or no value in the preparation of a submission. In other cases, a submission offers an important opportunity to influence policies or strategies in areas of significance to the State, and it will be vital the Government delivers an informed and well-argued submission. The following steps should be observed:
Clearance processes may vary, depending on the nature of the submission. These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Premier or his delegate. However, the attached table provides guidance as to how different scenarios may be dealt with.
From time to time, agency representatives may be called as witnesses to appear before inquiries. Guidance for public sector officers and Ministers who are called to be witnesses before the Legislative Council's General Purpose Standing Committees is provided in Memoranda M1998-09 and M1998-10.Witnesses to the Legislative Council's General Purpose Standing Committees
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was established to exercise the Parliament's review powers over the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the public sector. It has a key role in monitoring Government implementation of recommendations from reports of the NSW Auditor General.
Ministers may issue terms of reference for PAC inquiries under section 5791)(f) of the Public Finance and Audit Act 1983. To ensure these inquiries reflect Government priorities and there is no duplication, Ministers are required to obtain Cabinet's approval before referring any matter to a Parliamentary Committee, including the PAC (see M2004-09).
The requirements in this Memorandum apply to all NSW Government agencies subject to Ministerial direction and control.
Independent watchdogs and other bodies not subject to Ministerial direction and control (e.g. ICAC, Ombudsman, Privacy Commissioner, Auditor General and the Police Integrity Commission) are not required to seek Ministerial approval before lodging a submission as these bodies usually report directly to Parliament and are oversighted by a Parliamentary Committee rather than a Minister.