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Statutory Crown Entities - A Guide for Departments
- Title page
- State sector reform legislation
- The Crown entity system
- About this guidance
- What are the monitoring department's functions?
- Appendix 1: Ministers' powers in relation to Crown entities
- Appendix 2: Central agencies' statutory responsibilities
- Appendix 3: Crown entities and accountability to Parliament
- Appendix 4: Glossary of public sector terms
About this guidance
Last updated: 14 July 2014
This guidance looks at how departments support Ministers with their Crown entity responsibilities and meet their own statutory obligations. It is framed around a typical Crown entity which has a board, and a single Vote Minister and monitoring department, 2 but the guidance does apply to other situations. The guidance should be read together with the It Takes Three: Operating Expectations Framework and monitoring departments' own adaptations of this framework, which sets out the respective roles of the monitoring department, the Minister and the entity (see: www.ssc.govt.nz/it-takes-three-operating-expectations-framework). For more resources, see also the Monitoring, Appointments and Governance Network (MAGnet) site: https://psi.govt.nz/magnet/default.aspx.
|The updated Guide for Ministers 3 includes the changes in the Crown Entities Act (CEA) enacted in 2013. This guidance for departments has adopted a different approach to that of the former 2006 guidance. Rather than repeating what is in the Ministers’ Guide, this document simply cross references the relevant section using the symbol. The Ministers’ Guide provides a comprehensive listing of what is expected of a monitoring department. This guidance complements the Ministers’ Guide by discussing how a department might go about its role, and highlights the resources and material that might be relevant.
This guidance applies to departments’ engagements with statutory Crown entities – Crown agents, Autonomous Crown entities (ACEs) and Independent Crown entities (ICEs).
2: Where Ministers agree, monitoring may be undertaken by a different department from that which provides policy advice and other services to the Minister. This is the case for several entities monitored by the Treasury.