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Dos and don’ts: public entity portfolio governance
A list of dos and don'ts for public entity employees who work with departments.
Nominate a public entity employeeto work with the department.
Think purposefully about the role of the department and the public entity to identify opportunities to collaborate.
Prioritise building an effective and open working relationship with the department.
Ensure you understandthe public entity’s specific legislated governance and functions, including any limitations on independence.
Understand any obligations on your public entity to advise the department.
Communicate regularly with the department through established meetings and on ad hoc issues as they arise.
Raise significant risks with the department.
Seek advice and support from the department on governance and public administration matters.
Ensure that relevant public entity staff are aware of any compliance obligations in relation to whole of government policy.
Transfer knowledge between staff to ensure the relationship with the department is maintained.
Ensure contact details are available to relevant staff in the department.
Overestimate the public entity’s level of independence from government.
Dismiss communication from the department as not applying to the public entity, except where the public entity is clearly not in scope.
Avoid communication with the department on significant matters or risks, noting that public entities have legal obligations to advise the minister and the department.
Brief the minister directly, without the knowledge of the department, unless it is appropriate under the public entity’s legislation.