The Treasury has been reviewing the criteria for releasing material under embargo for this year’s Budget.
An advisory posted on 21 April advised that there would not be any pre-distribution of embargoed documents other than at the Budget Lockup at the Beehive.
Based on feedback received from a few organisations Treasury has reviewed the decision to not pre-distribute embargoed information to all organisations. Treasury will now consider applications from organisations to access embargoed Budget 2009 information outside the Lockup where all of the following criteria are met:
- the organisation is providing one hour or more of continuous coverage of the Budget at a national level;
- the coverage is scheduled for immediately after the 2pm embargo is lifted; and
- the pre production required to provide that coverage is such that accessing the Budget material in the Budget Lockup would not be sufficient.
Those organisations whose applications are accepted will be required to sign an undertaking agreeing to:
- ensure no breach of information accidentally or otherwise will occur;
- provide names of all staff who will be accessing the embargoed information (and the reason why they need access);
- accept that should the organisation breach the embargo, for whatever reason, that the organisation will be denied access to future embargoed releases of Budget information; and
- provide, at their costs, the security stipulated by Treasury needed to transport and hold the information securely whilst the embargo is in place.
All requests to access Budget 2009 embargoed information under the above criteria should be made in writing to Ruksana Shaikh at the Treasury.