4 Where to get more information on election year issues
State servants who are unclear about how to deal with particular obligations of agencies during an election period should first read any relevant agency policies and/or approach a manager.
The following agencies can also provide assistance:
- State Services Commission – regarding the obligations of agencies and their employees, and providing information to support negotiations to form a government. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cabinet Office – regarding the operation of government, constitutional matters, including caretaker convention issues, briefings for incoming Ministers, and the provisions of the Cabinet Manual.
- The Treasury – regarding the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update and costing of party political policies.
Standards of Integrity and Conduct for the State Services (code of conduct)
The code of conduct , issued by the State Services Commissioner, has been applied to all Public Service departments, to statutory Crown entities (including District Health Boards), to Crown entity companies (excluding Crown Research Institutes), to a number of subsidiary companies of Crown entities, and to Public Finance Act Schedule 4A companies. The code of conduct is attached as Appendix 1.
This is the key guide to central government decision making. It is a primary source of information on constitutional and procedural matters, and includes material on elections and government formation. See https://cabinetmanual.cabinetoffice.govt.nz/ .
Guidelines for Government Advertising
The Guidelines for Government Advertising assist Ministers and government departments in preparing advertising and publicity, and in the expenditure of public funds for this purpose. The Guidelines are currently published on the Cabinet Office website. See Guidelines for Government Advertising http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/dpmc/publications/guidelines-government-advertising .
Political Neutrality Guidance
The State Services Commissioner has set out some general principles on political neutrality, which should guide the actions and decisions of State servants and employers in this area. See http://www.ssc.govt.nz/political-neutrality-guidance.
The CabGuide helps departments and Ministers' offices meet Cabinet's requirements for
developing and presenting proposals to Cabinet.
Cabinet Office Circulars
The Cabinet Office issues circulars from time to time throughout an election period, providing guidance on various procedural and constitutional issues. See http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/cabinet/circulars.
The Standing Orders of the House of Representatives
These are the rules used by the House of Representatives to govern its own procedures. They also contain guidance on topics such as post-election procedures and the notification of party details. See https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/parliamentary-rules/standing-orders/document/00HOHPBReferenceStOrders4/standing-orders-of-the-house-of-representatives-2014.
Electoral Act 1993
Legislation setting out the legal requirements for State servants standing for Parliament.See http://legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1993/0087/latest/DLM307519.html?src=qs .