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Significant appointments

Governments defer making significant appointments during the caretaker period. As a rule, any significant appointments to commence after election day would not be offered in the caretaker period. Appointments, to be made after the date of dissolution, are deferred until after the elections. Finalisation of selection processes that have started but not completed should also be deferred until after the caretaker period.

In considering whether an appointment qualifies as ‘significant’, the agency should consider not only the importance of the position, but also whether the proposed appointment would be likely to be controversial. However significant appointments will include those for head or deputy head of agency, the head of a division or branch whose activities are deemed sensitive, membership of statutory bodies and statutory office holders.

If deferring an appointment is impracticable, usually for continuity purposes or reasons associated with the proper functioning of an agency, there are several options:

  • An acting appointment can be made where permissible;
  • Make a short term appointment until shortly after the end of the caretaker period; or
  • If those options are not practicable, the relevant Minister, after agreement with the Premier, could consult the relevant Opposition spokesperson regarding a full term appointment.

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