This circular sets out the guidelines and requirements for Ministers and departments seeking approval of proposals with financial implications, changes to appropriations, and the authority to incur expenses.
The Legislation Guidelines (2018 edition) are the government's key point of reference for assessing whether draft legislation conforms to accepted legal and constitutional principles. Cabinet has agreed that the Legislation Guidelines replace the Guidelines on Process and Content of Legislation (2014 edition).
This circular provides practical guidance for Ministers and departments on implementing the coalition agreement between Labour and New Zealand First and the confidence and supply agreement between Labour and the Green Party entered into when the government was formed following the 2017 general election.
This circular sets out the principles that guide Ministers’ access to the records of the previous administration. It also provides guidance for officials handling requests for official information received before 26 October 2017, when the new administration was appointed.
The Leader of the Labour Party has announced her intention to form a coalition government with the New Zealand First Party, and with the support of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, that is able to command the confidence of the House of Representatives.
This circular sets out the next steps in the transition to a new government.
This circular provides guidance on the constitutional procedures that will apply after the general election. It includes key dates, a summary of the transition process between administrations, and references to other guidance material.
This circular sets out the process for developing the Statutes Amendment Bill and includes a change to the process whereby agencies are now required to submit their amendments to the Ministry of Justice for vetting prior to recommending amendments for inclusion in the Bill to their portfolio Ministers.
This circular sets out the requirements for Ministers and agencies seeking approvals relating to government regulatory proposals. It replaces the previous Cabinet requirements for regulatory impact analysis.
This circular provides guidance on government decisions and actions during the pre-election period. It covers: government decision making generally during the pre-election period; making appointments in the pre-election period; conducting government advertising campaigns during the pre-election period; the provision of information by the state services in the pre-election period.
This circular sets out the Cabinet Directions for the Conduct of Crown Legal Business. Their primary purpose is to identify core Crown legal matters, to set out how those matters are conducted by Government, and to set out the Law Officers’ oversight of such legal matters.
In November 2014, Cabinet agreed that the 2001 Legislation Advisory Committee Guidelines: Guidelines on Process and Content of Legislation (the 2001 LAC Guidelines) be replaced with a revised set of Guidelines (the 2014 LAC Guidelines) as the government’s key point of reference for assessing whether draft legislation conforms to accepted legal and constitutional principles.
This circular provides further guidance relevant to the 2014 LAC Guidelines.
This circular outlines what disclosure will be required during the initial administrative period of legislation development. Ministers and Chief Executives should ensure that all staff involved in the preparation of legislation are familiar with the advice in this circular.
This circular sets out guidance agreed to by Cabinet for Ministers and officials dealing with inside information relating to public issuers, including mixed ownership model companies and other companies in which the Crown has an ownership stake. Please note, this circular replaces Cabinet Office Circular CO (02) 14, Guidance for Dealing with Information Relating to Publicly Listed Companies.
This circular outlines the role of the Remuneration Authority in relation to setting the remuneration for a number of individuals appointed to statutory bodies and other positions, and the processes that it follows.
To facilitate the process of setting remuneration for these positions, it also sets out the information that the Remuneration Authority requires from Ministers, and from departments responsible for managing the processes for appointment to those positions.
This Circular updates and replaces Cabinet Office Circular CO (98) 15, “Financial Veto Procedure” 15 October 1998. It provides an outline of the Crown financial veto procedure contained in Standing Orders 326 to 330 of the House of Representatives, and advice on the administrative arrangements within government to support the veto power and on the responsibilities of Ministers, Ministers’ offices and departments under those arrangements.
This circular sets out guidance on: the procedures that should be followed when a Minister decides to intervene under the RMA; the points at which the Minister should involve Cabinet; how to ensure proper interdepartmental consultation and co-ordination.