Public sector agencies spend taxpayer money to achieve public good outcomes. As a result, the framework that they work within differs to the framework for the private sector, as they need to be accountable to the general public.
Our public law specialists assist Government Departments, Crown Entities, Local Authorities and other public sector entities to understand and comply with their public sector obligations.
We can help with:
- advising on an agency’s governance obligations;
- interpretation of legislation, including as to the scope of an agency’s powers and functions;
- advising on official information issues and obligations, including assisting with responses to requests for official information;
- advising on retention obligations and disposal authorities under the Public Records Act;
- legislative drafting and policy development and assisting with submissions on Bills to Select Committees;
- preparing briefing papers to Ministers; and
- advising on obligations under applicable Government rules and guidelines, including the Government Procurement Rules, the Controller and Auditor General’s good practice guides, the State Services Commission’s Code of Conduct for the Public Sector and the New Zealand Information Security Manual.
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