Access will be available to the Banquet Hall from 10.00am.
The Minister of Finance will attend the Budget Lock-up briefing. Documents will be available from 10.30am and Treasury officials will be available to answer technical questions arising from the Budget documents.
As in previous years, priority for seats at the Lock-up briefing will be given to:
- national and international media organisations, and
- economic and financial analysts attached to either financial institutions or national organisations that provide relevant specialist advisory services.
Terms and Conditions for attending the Budget Lock-up
Attendance at this event is by invitation only and is limited by available space.
By registering your interest to attend, you agree to respect the rules of the Lock-up. These rules apply to all analysts, journalists, camera crew, technicians and anyone attending the Lock-up who is not a staff member of the Treasury. Compliance with the rules will be monitored and is taken seriously. Any individual or organisation that breaches the embargo rules may be refused permission to attend future Lock-ups hosted by the Treasury.
The terms and conditions for the Budget Lock-up are:
- No information (including but not limited to text, voice, images or data) may be transmitted, received or released in any manner from the Budget Lock-up from 10.30am until the embargo is lifted at 2.00pm on Thursday 17 May 2018. Please note this includes social media.
- Mobile phones do not need to be surrendered before entering the Lock-up, but must be turned off or switched to flight mode until the embargo is lifted.
- At 1:55pm, those attending the Lock-up briefing will be permitted to start preparations to transmit information.
- Other than escorted visits to the toilets, no one will be permitted to leave the venue once Budget information has been distributed.
- Accredited representatives of the Parliamentary Press Gallery will be permitted to leave the venue at 1.55pm so they can attend the 2.00pm start of the Minister of Finance’s Budget Speech in the House of Representatives. The 2.00pm embargo still applies.
- At 2.00pm Treasury staff will announce the end of the Lock-up, which is when information may be transmitted and when remaining journalists and analysts may leave the venue.
- In the unlikely event that the building has to be evacuated before 2.00pm due to an emergency, the embargo will not be lifted. People will be directed to leave immediately but they will not be allowed to transmit or communicate Budget information.
- Camera crew: If your news organisation requires camera crew and equipment at the Lock-up, please indicate that with your RSVP.
For enquiries and to register your interest in attending the Lock-up, please contact: [email protected]