Section 19. Duty to keep responsible Minister and Finance Minister informed

(1) The accountable authority of a Commonwealth entity must do the following:

(a) keep the responsible Minister informed of the activities of the entity and any subsidiaries of the entity;

(b) give the responsible Minister or the Finance Minister any reports, documents and information in relation to those activities as that Minister requires;

(c) notify the responsible Minister as soon as practicable after the accountable authority makes a significant decision in relation to the entity or any of its subsidiaries;

(d) give the responsible Minister reasonable notice if the accountable authority becomes aware of any significant issue that may affect the entity or any of its subsidiaries;

(e) notify the responsible Minister as soon as practicable after the accountable authority becomes aware of any significant issue that has affected the entity or any of its subsidiaries.

(2) However, for a Commonwealth entity that is related to a court or tribunal, subsection (1) applies only to activities, reports, documents, information or notifications about matters of an administrative nature.

(3) Without limiting subsection (1), the rules may prescribe matters to be taken into account in deciding whether a decision or issue is significant.

(4) The accountable authority must comply with a requirement under paragraph (1)(b) within the time limits set by the Minister concerned.

Relationship with other laws and powers

(4A) If a Commonwealth entity has enabling legislation, then subsection (1) applies only to the extent that compliance with that subsection is not inconsistent with compliance with that legislation.

(4B) This section is subject to any Commonwealth law that prohibits disclosure of particular information.

(5) This section does not limit any other power that a Minister has to require information from a Commonwealth entity.

Last updated: 24 November 2016