Responsibilities of chief executives

Heading: replaced, on 18 July 2013, by section 23 of the Public Finance Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 50).

34 Responsibilities of chief executives: financial management of departmental matters

(1)

The chief executive of a department—

(a)

is responsible to the responsible Minister for the financial management, financial performance, and financial sustainability of the department; and

(b)

must comply with any lawful financial actions required by the Minister or the responsible Minister.

(2)

The chief executive of a department that administers an appropriation—

(a)

is responsible to the appropriation Minister for what is achieved with departmental expenses and departmental capital expenditure under that appropriation; and

(b)

is responsible for advising the appropriation Minister on the efficiency and effectiveness of any departmental expenses or departmental capital expenditure under that appropriation.

(3)

However, if a department other than the appropriation administrator, or any departmental agency, incurs departmental expenses or departmental capital expenditure against the appropriation at the direction of the appropriation Minister (under section 7C(2)(c)(i)), then the chief executive of that department or departmental agency, rather than the chief executive of the appropriation administrator, has the responsibility specified in subsection (2)(a) in respect of that expenditure.

Section 34: replaced, on 18 July 2013, by section 23 of the Public Finance Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 50).