A Guide to the Public Finance Act
Published 24 Aug 2005
This Guide provides an overview of the requirements of the Public Finance Act 1989 as amended in 2004 (the Act). Its primary audience is likely to be staff in Government departments, Offices of Parliament and others who need a working understanding of the Act. In addition it should be a useful reference for Crown entities, Members of Parliament and interested members of the public, including students and readers from other jurisdictions with an interest in public financial management in New Zealand.
The Guide focuses on the legislative requirements of the Act in relation to departments, Offices of Parliament and the Government as a whole. The more detailed requirements and expectations associated with the Act’s implementation are set out in more specific documents such as Treasury Instructions, Budget guidance or Cabinet and Treasury circulars, many of which can be found on the Treasury website.
The information in this Guide is provided for general information only and should not be treated nor relied on as a substitute for proper legal or professional advice on the interpretation of particular legislative provisions or their application to particular circumstances or entities.
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