Long-term insights briefings

8 Long-term insights briefings

(1)

A chief executive of a department must give a long-term insights briefing to the appropriate Minister at least once every 3 years and must do so independently of Ministers.

(2)

The purpose of a briefing is to make available into the public domain—

(a)

information about medium- and long-term trends, risks, and opportunities that affect or may affect New Zealand and New Zealand society:

(b)

information and impartial analysis, including policy options for responding to matters in the categories referred to in paragraph (a).

(3)

A briefing may set out the strengths and weaknesses of policy options but without indicating a preference for a particular policy option.

(4)

The subject matter must be selected by a chief executive taking into account—

(a)

the purpose of the briefing; and

(b)

the matters in the categories in subclause (2)(a) that the chief executive considers are particularly relevant to the functions of their department.

(5)

Two or more chief executives may give a joint briefing that meets the requirements of this clause for each of the departments covered by the briefing.

(6)

Any agency in the State services may contribute to a briefing by a department or departments on subject matter relevant to the operation of their agency.

(7)

The Minister must present a copy of a briefing to the House of Representatives as soon as is reasonably practicable after receiving it.