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4.3 Appointment briefings

4.3.1 There are two types of Appointment Briefings – one for appointments to boards, authorities, and committees and another for senior and statutory officer appointments.

Government Boards, Authorities and Committees

4.3.2 Proposed appointments to Government boards, authorities and committees (“Board appointments”) are prepared as Briefings, notwithstanding the fact that recommendations are usually involved.

4.3.3 All appointments should include a brief outline of the selection process and significant reasons for selecting the recommended candidate(s).

4.3.4 Re-appointments, including re-appointments of directors of Government businesses, must be submitted to Cabinet in the same way as initial appointments. If the appointment is to fill a forthcoming vacancy then the name and expiry date of the incumbent must be noted in the Briefing.

4.3.5 All Briefings for proposed board appointments must include the sizing statement prepared by the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Sizing statements set out the recommended remuneration for members of the board, authority or committee.

4.3.6 Appointment Briefings must specify the existing and proposed number of male and female members on the Board or Committee, and whether the Tasmanian Women’s Register has been consulted in an attempt to identify suitable women candidates. An explanation as to why the Register was not consulted must be provided in the Briefing.

4.3.7 A completed Tasmanian Women’s Register Appointment Certification Form must be included with the Briefing regardless of the number of women being appointed and the number of women on the board as a result of the appointment/s. Briefings that do not comply will not be submitted to Cabinet.

4.3.8 If there is a statutory obligation for consultation concerning the nomination for appointments, the Briefing is to include a clear statement that this obligation has been met.

4.3.9 The Minister is required to assure Cabinet that the nominees have no business or personal interest, real or perceived, which might conflict with the interests of the board, authority or committee to which appointment is proposed. Agencies must check with candidates that no such conflict of interest exists prior to submitting the list of nominees to the Minister.

4.3.10 The preferred format for Board Appointment Briefings is shown at Example 3 in the Cabinet Handbook Examples volume.

Senior and Statutory Office Appointments

4.3.11 Cabinet requires advice of any proposed appointment or re-appointment to senior positions.  Senior positions are statutory offices or those offices remunerated at SES Level 1 or above.

4.3.12 Proposed senior appointments are prepared as a Briefing. An example of a Senior Appointment Briefing is provided at Example 4 in the Cabinet Handbook Examples volume.

4.3.13 In the case of a proposed new appointment the Briefing should include the following information:

  • Name of the agency
  • Position title
  • Period of appointment
  • Remuneration and conditions (eg SES Level or in accordance with the Judges Act etc)
  • Proposed starting date
  • A brief outline of the recruitment process
  • The name of the successful applicant (appointee)
  • Recent positions held by the appointee (or a brief curriculum vitae can be attached)
  • Significant reasons why the applicant was selected
  • Whether appointment by Governor in Council is required
  • Any publicity or timing of announcement

4.3.14 It is not necessary or appropriate to attach the appointee’s full written application.

4.3.15 Appointment Briefings should rarely be longer than one page (with short curriculum vitae attached).

Government Business Enterprise and State-owned Company


4.3.16 Cabinet requires advice of any proposed appointment or reappointment of a Chief Executive Officer of a GBE or SOC.
4.3.17 Proposed CEO appointments are prepared as a Briefing. An example of a CEO Appointment Briefing is provided at Example 5 in the Cabinet Handbook Examples volume.
4.3.18 In the case of a proposed appointment the Briefing should include the following information:
4.3.19 Position – CEO and name GBE or SOC
4.3.20 Period of appointment
4.3.21 Name of Nominee
4.3.22 Selection Process used
4.3.23 Qualifications and Experience
4.3.24 Remuneration and conditions
4.3.25 Appointed by
4.3.26 Remuneration Package within the Approved CEO Total Remuneration Band
4.3.27 Has the Government Business Executive Remuneration Advisory Panel reviewed the draft Instrument/Contract
4.3.28 Urgency
4.3.29 Consultation
4.3.30 Publicity
4.3.31 Support/Criticism Expected
4.3.32 Recommendation
4.3.33 Attachments –
i Curriculum Vitae

ii Remuneration Table
4.3.34 Appointment Briefings should rarely be longer than one page (with
attachments).