Boards and Committees

Boards and committees provide leadership, direction and accountability across many areas of NSW Government activity. They are a vital link between community needs and government service delivery.

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 advertise boards and committees vacancies online, or request that a vacancy be circulated via email to people on the Register.

Appointments to NSW Government boards and committees

The following process applies to appointments to NSW Government boards and committees:

  • 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 in GOView
    • 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 the Boards and Committees team.

This process applies 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 be followed.

Departments and agencies should also refer to the NSW Government Boards and Committees Guidelines. They apply to boards and committees with at least one member who is external to Government, including commissions and trusts that are established under statute or administratively with governing or advisory functions. The Guidelines:

  • help department and agency staff set up and operate boards and committees
  • provide guidance on the appropriate oversight and accountability between boards and committees and the NSW Government entity they are aligned to
  • explain members’ roles and responsibilities
  • improve the transparency, integrity and accountability of boards and committees and the public sector.

Note: the hard copy appointment forms included in the appendices to the Guidelines should not be used. All appointment documents are generated through GOView.

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 considers would warrant Cabinet consideration.

Appointments to boards and committees with the following PSC classifications 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

Overview of process for appointments approved by Cabinet

  1. Action to fill vacancy is approved by the relevant Minister, including any selection criteria and selection panel.

  2. Vacancy is advertised where relevant and potential candidates are identified and assessed.

  3. Appointments must follow the PSC Appointment Standards and have relevant probity checks conducted.

  4. Agency completes appointment forms in GOView:

    • Appointment form
    • Statistical Information form
    • Appointment Process information form.
  5. Recommendation (including forms) is submitted for the Minister's approval.

  6. All forms, including an ExCo Minute Paper and Explanatory Note for Governor appointments, are lodged in eCabinet at least nine working days prior to the Cabinet meeting.

     

  7. Cabinet decision is made.

    For Governor appointments, approval sought through the Executive Council process.

  8. DPC confirms approved appointments with Ministers.

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

Overview of process for appointments approved by Ministers

  1. Action to fill vacancy is approved by the relevant Minister, including any selection criteria and selection panel. 

  2. Vacancy is advertised where relevant and potential candidates are identified and assessed.

  3. Appointments must follow the PSC Appointment Standards and have relevant probity checks conducted.

  4. Agency completes appointment forms in GOView:

    • Appointment form
    • Statistical Information form
    • Appointment Process Information form.
  5. Recommendation (including forms) is submitted for the Minister's approval.

  6. Agencies advise DPC of all appointments directly approved by a Minister by emailing the Boards and Committees team.