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Application process

The Treasury operates an online database where candidates can express an interest in board positions, and upload and maintain their cv.

How to register

To register for the first time, go to the online

Depending on the amount of information you wish to enter, the first time you register may take anywhere between 30 - 60 minutes. It is preferable that you complete all your details in one sitting. You will find it useful to have your cv on hand before you begin, in both printed and electronic form, and we highly recommend that you upload your full cv (on the 'personal details' page).

Upcoming Appointments

Positions under consideration on the various boards administered by the Treasury will be listed on the Treasury Board Appointments System, and all registered candidates are notified via email.

The application process

The application process consists of skills profiling, candidate identification, short-listing, due diligence, reference and background checks, and appointment.

1. Skills Profiling

In conjunction with Ministers and the chair of each board where a vacancy arises, the Treasury will analyse the board’s make-up to determine the general skills and experience required and those that would be ideal in any new appointee. A position specification will be prepared.

2. Candidate Identification

The Treasury's primary tool for identifying candidates is the Treasury Board Appointments System. Candidates are able to apply directly for specific positions or register their details on the system in order to be considered for future opportunities. We may also search our database and external sites for candidates matching the requirements of each board.

In addition, Ministers will generally consult their colleagues for suitable candidates. We will also request nominations from other agencies who run nominations databases, such as:

  • Ministry for Women
  • Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Ministry for Pacific Peoples
  • Office of Ethnic Communities

3. Short-listing

The Treasury proposes identified candidates for short listing. Ministers consider all applicants for each role and short-list possible preferred candidates that appear to match the skill needs for each board.

4. Due Diligence and Identification of Conflicts of Interest

Short-listed candidates undertake a due diligence process. This process allows the Treasury, the board chair, and any other panel member to form a view about each short-listed candidate’s suitability and to recommend a preferred candidate.

Due diligence will allow a candidate to determine whether or not they can add value to a board, the degree of risk entailed in the appointment, and whether or not there are any known or potential conflicts of interest, and whether they will accept the role if offered.

The chair will review possible conflicts of interest from the company’s viewpoint. Conflicts of interest occur when a director, or a prospective director, has personal or business interests in common (or could be perceived to have) with the operations of the company. The law requires directors not to place themselves in a position of a conflict of interest (other than to the extent allowed under the Companies Act 1993 and the company’s constitution or the Crown Entities Act 2004). Examples of situations that can lead to conflicts of interest include:

  • directorship of, employment with, shares in, or ownership of another company that undertakes work for the entity;
  • existing personal or professional links with the entity or its management; and/or
  • family connections.

Where a conflict is identified, a decision will be made as to whether that conflict renders the appointment unmanageable, or whether the appointment can proceed with appropriate conflict of interest management regimes in place.

The Auditor-General has issued guidance for managing conflicts of interest.

4. Reference and Background Checks

Treasury undertakes reference and background checks for preferred candidates.

5. Appointment

After the Shareholding or Responsible Ministers have selected the preferred candidate and the candidate has confirmed his or her availability to serve on a board, the Shareholding or Responsible Ministers will advise the Cabinet Appointment and Honours Committee and Cabinet accordingly. Following confirmation by Cabinet the appointment will be confirmed by a letter of appointment from the Shareholding or Responsible Minister and accepted by the successful candidate.  All appointments are subject to the completion of satisfactory background checks.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 24 March 2020