NSW Government boards and committees

NSW Government boards and committees play an important role in providing leadership, direction and accountability across many areas of NSW Government activity. Boards and committees represent a vital link between community needs and government delivery of services.

There are approximately 400 centrally reported Government boards and committees with approximately 4400 members. These boards and committees are diverse in terms of functions, form, size and the way in which they operate. They encompass boards of government trading enterprises, marketing boards, regulatory boards, professional registration boards, Area Health Service boards, trust boards and advisory councils and committees. A list of the boards and committees that support the NSW Government can be found on the Public Service Commission website.

The NSW Government is committed to providing greater opportunities for the community to participate in its decision making process, and has particular interest in increasing women's representation on its boards and committees, as well as people from other under-represented groups.

If you would like to make a contribution to your community and the way you live, you are invited to join the NSW Government Register of people available for appointment to NSW Government boards and committees – people prepared to have a say today on decisions that will affect tomorrow.

Agencies are encouraged to use the Board Vacancies page to advertise any vacancies, or request that a vacancy be circulated via email to people on the Register.

Changes to NSW Government board and committee appointments

The following appointment process for NSW Government boards and committees will apply from 1 October 2015:

  • Cabinet consideration is only required for appointments identified as significant or high-level.
  • Ministers are able to directly appoint to boards and committees where Cabinet approval is not required.
  • All appointments must follow the Public Service Commissioner's Appointment Standards: Boards and Committees in the NSW Public Sector.
  • Departments and agencies must:
    • ensure that appropriate probity checks are conducted on a recommended candidate prior to Ministerial or Cabinet approval
    • document the process used for an appointment by completing the new Appointment Process Information form
    • inform the Department of Premier and Cabinet of all appointments directly approved by a Minister, prior to the commencement of the appointment term, by emailing boards@dpc.nsw.gov.au.

Appointments

Appointments that must be submitted to Cabinet

The following appointments and reappointments to NSW Government boards and committees must be submitted to Cabinet for consideration:

  • Appointments to NSW Government boards and committees classified as significant or high-level by the Public Service Commission's Classification and Remuneration Framework for NSW Government Boards and Committees (indicated in the table below)
  • Category 1 Reserve Trusts
  • A board or committee whose members are required by law to be appointed by the Governor
  • Any acting positions in the above categories of 12 months or longer
  • A new board or committee for which approval of the Public Service Commissioner's classification and remuneration recommendation is being sought
  • Any other NSW Government board or committee position that is paid at greater than $10,000 per annum
  • Any other appointment to a NSW Government board or committee which the Premier or Minister (with the Premier's approval) considers would warrant Cabinet consideration.

Appointments to boards and committees with the following PSC classification require Cabinet approval

Group

Description

Levels

A

Boards of Governance: Primary Entities

All

B

Boards of Governance: Secondary Entities

All

C

Advisory Boards, Councils and Committees

3, 4, 5 & 6

D

Tribunals, Regulators, Selective Authorities and Quasi-Judicial Bodies

3, 4 & 5

E

Registration, Licensing and Accreditation Entities

3 & 4

Appointments that can be approved directly by a Minister

The following appointments and reappointments to NSW Government boards and committees can be approved directly by the relevant Minister:

Appointments to boards and committees with the following PSC classification can be approved directly by the relevant Minister

Group

Description

Levels

C

Advisory Boards, Councils and Committees

1 & 2

D

Tribunals, Regulators, Selective Authorities and Quasi-Judicial Bodies

1 & 2

E

Registration, Licensing and Accreditation Entities

1 & 2

Checklist for making appointments

A strong appointment process supports the effectiveness and independence of NSW Government boards and committees.

Ministers and government agencies are required to:

These requirements apply to all Ministerial appointments and reappointments to NSW Government boards and committees that are paid and unpaid, full and part-time positions, including boards of Government Business Enterprises and State Owned Corporations.

Where a board or committee is established under legislation (including under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) any appointment processes specified in the legislation should also be followed.

Overview of the Appointment Process

The following flowchart summarises the new process:

Overview of the Appointment Process