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About this Guidance

This guidance document sets out requirements for departments with policy responsibilities to reorganise the appropriations for policy advice they administer. This is in accordance with Cabinet's decision on 18 April 2011 (CAB Min (11) 16/16) that responds to the findings of the Review of Expenditure on Policy Advice.

This guidance document should be read by chief financial officers, finance teams, officials responsible for the management of policy advice, and those responsible for the preparation of budget and Estimates documents.

The requirements and guidance outlined in this document apply to the preparation of budget documents for all departments with policy responsibilities for the financial year beginning 1 July 2012.

This document has been written by Treasury's State Sector Management team. Other Treasury teams, as well as the Office of the Auditor General provided comments on previous drafts. The Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Social Development, and the Ministry of Justice very kindly volunteered to review the document.

This guidance document will be updated as key dates for baseline updates in 2012 are confirmed. In addition, there may be amendments to the document as departments complete this task and clarifications are required. The full document will be updated in August 2012.

Questions and Feedback

You should use this document as your first point of call for guidance on the reorganisation of appropriations for policy advice.

General enquiries about the information contained in this guidance and any agency-specific questions can be directed to your Treasury Vote Analyst.

Any comments on how we could improve this guidance can be directed to: guidance@treasury.govt.nz

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