Writing Financial Recommendations for Cabinet and Joint Minister Papers: Technical Guide for Departments
Update published 15 Sep 2014
This Technical Guide is intended to help users prepare papers containing financial recommendations. The formats used are designed to meet Cabinet Office requirements for recommendations being considered by Cabinet (refer to the Step-by-Step Guide at http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/cabinet/guide/index.html) and by Ministers, to ensure that information presented to them follows a consistent style and format.
Agencies may prefer to download and use the Word version of the Technical Guide, as this will enable them to copy and paste sections of the Technical Guide where relevant.
The Technical Guide was revised in September 2014 to reflect changes following the 2013 amendments to the Public Finance Act 1989. For more detail and other changes see What's New? on page 3.
Guidance for Standard Cabinet Papers
The correct drafting of financial recommendations is essential to record accurately Cabinet's financial decisions. Such decisions provide Cabinet's authority for changes in appropriations and departmental net assets, and the use of Imprest Supply.
There are two recommendations that are commonly used in papers submitted to Cabinet for new funding.
- The first recommendation is where new Crown operating or capital funding is sought - see Example 1 (page 20) of the Technical Guide (Word version - 2940 KB).
- The second recommendation is where there is a mix of Crown and Other funding eg, from a levy or fee - see Example 3 (page 27) of the Technical Guide (Word version - 2940 KB).
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Essential Elements for Financial Recommendations
How to Write Financial Recommendations
Annex A: Anatomy of Financial Recommendations
Annex B: Examples of Typical Financial Recommendations
Annex C: Financial Recommendations for Multi-year Appropriations (MYAs)
Annex D: Financial Recommendations for Multi-Category Appropriations (MCAs)
Annex E: Financial Recommendations for Permanent Legislative Authorities (PLAs)
Annex F: Financial Recommendations for Capital
Annex G: Capital and Operating Swaps and Voluntary Capital Withdrawals
Annex H: Financial Recommendations for Retention of Departmental Operating Surplus
Annex I: Departmental Other Expenses
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