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2.4  A Step by Step Guide

The following table shows the key steps and dates for implementing the reorganisation of appropriations for policy advice. The table also contains references to relevant sections within this document.

Step Date Guidelines Relevant Section
in Guidance

Step 1

Identify your department's activities that produce policy advice outputs, as per the common definition.

August 2011 - September 2011
(guidance)
Section 3.2 - What counts as Policy Advice

Step 2

Identify the costs of producing these policy advice outputs.

August 2011 - September 2011
(guidance)
Section 3.2 - What counts as Policy Advice

Step 3

Design new structure for your appropriations for policy advice such that all outputs meeting the common definition of policy advice are bundled in separate appropriations or output classes of an MCOA.

September 2011 - October 2011
(guidance)
Section 3.3 - Designing a new structure for your appropriations for policy advice

Step 4

Identify Coredata changes and fiscally neutral adjustments necessary for establishing the new appropriation structure.

October 2011 - November 2011
(guidance)
Section 3.5 - Implementation of the reorganisation

Step 5

Draft letter for joint Ministers' (ie, MoF and responsible Minister(s)) approval to appropriation changes and get it signed by Minister(s) responsible for relevant appropriations.

November 2011 - December 2011
(NB: Please keep in mind the timing of the election when developing timelines for this stage.)
Section 3.6 - Joint Ministers' Approval

Step 6

Send signed letter to your Treasury Vote Analyst.

by 20 December 2011
(mandatory closing date)
Section 3.6 - Joint Ministers' Approval

Step 7

The Minister of Finance counter signs and returns the letter(s) to your Minister(s).

by February 2012 Section 3.6 - Joint Ministers' Approval

Step 8

Lodge relevant Coredata change requests with CFISnet.

Prior to baseline update in early 2012
(date will be announced in Treasury circular)
Annex 5 - CFISnet Guidance

Step 9

Include relevant fiscally neutral adjustments in your Minister's submission for the baseline update in early 2012.

Baseline update in early 2012
(date will be announced in Treasury circular)
Annex 5 - CFISnet Guidance
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