13. Officials who are the accountable authority - how and when to disclose interests

Guide to this section

The purpose of this section is to ensure that there are consistent requirements for how and when an official who is the accountable authority of a Commonwealth entity must disclose material personal interests that relate to the affairs of the entity.

The official may also need to disclose interests in accordance with section 16A.

If the Public Service Act 1999 also applies to the official, there is a similar, but separate, requirement in subsection 13(7) of that Act to disclose material personals interests in connection with APS employment.

This section is made for paragraph 29(2)(b) of the Act.

(1) An official of a Commonwealth entity who:

(a) is the accountable authority of the entity; and

(b) has a material personal interest that relates to the affairs of the entity;

must disclose that interest, in writing, to the entity’s responsible Minister.

(2) The disclosure must include details of:

(a) the nature and extent of the interest; and

(b) how the interest relates to the affairs of the entity.

(3) The official must make the disclosure:

(a) as soon as practicable after the official becomes aware of the interest; and

(b) if there is a change in the nature or extent of the interest after the official has disclosed the interest under this section - as soon as practicable after the official becomes aware of that change.

Last updated: 13 January 2016