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Creating a new public body
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Will the public body be subject to certain key Acts that hold government bodies accountable?
All public bodies should be subject to the Ombudsmen Act 1975, the Public Audit Act 2001, the Public Records Act 2005, and the Official Information Act 1982 (or the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987).
The Acts discussed in this section are key mechanisms by which government bodies are held accountable for their activities. They should apply to all new bodies and existing bodies unless there are compelling reasons for them not to. The Ministry of Justice, the SSC, the department that administers the particular Act, and any agency with operational responsibilities under the particular Act (departments and agencies identified below) should be consulted when considering whether to apply the following Acts to a government body:
- The Ombudsmen Act 1975, the Official Information Act 1982, and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987—The Department of Internal Affairs and the Office of the Ombudsman;
- The Public Audit Act 2001—The Treasury and the Office of the Controller and Auditor-General; and
- The Public Records Act 2005—The Department of Internal Affairs and Archives New Zealand (Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga).