Courses under construction

We’re working on a number of new courses that we intend to roll out as the year progresses – see below.

If you’d  like to register your interest in attending any of the courses, email us at futurecourses@civicsquare.co.nz. Once the training dates are confirmed, we’ll send you an email letting you know.

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And while we’re on the topic of construction, did you know the Beehive took 10 years to build (1969-1979). Go on, read some more Beehive trivia – you know you want to.

 

Course 5

Making good decisions under the Privacy Act 1993

This one-day course will provide training for people who need to get to grips with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1993.

The course examines the 12 information privacy principles, with an emphasis on their practical application. Participants consider the process by which requests for information are made, the reasons why access to personal information might be refused (sections 27 to 32), and the respective roles of the Privacy Commissioner and Human Rights Review Tribunal in resolving complaints. The status and purpose of ‘Codes of Practice’ are also looked at.

Day-to-day practical issues such as good work practices, charging, deadlines, transfers of requests, and deletion of information from documents are also covered. The course is interactive, discussion-based, and uses Privacy Commissioner case notes and news items to illustrate the different principles at play. The course concludes by examining how the Privacy Act is likely to be amended in future.

Course 6

Show me the money: Public finance and the budget cycle

The Crown cannot spend $1 without Parliament approving it. Likewise, Parliament must approve the government’s principal sources of revenue, namely taxation, duties and levies.

So how does Parliament do this, what does the overall financial cycle look like, and who makes the important decisions? This course provides participants with a complete understanding of the principles of public finance. It explains the pre-Parliament stage of the budget cycle, including the Budget Policy Statement and the Economic and Fiscal updates, and the preparation of the estimates (including ministerial and Cabinet decision-making).

The course then examines how Parliament examines and approves revenue and spending (appropriation) bills.

Finally, the course looks at how Parliament scrutinises crown spending at the end of each financial year and what this means for the accountability of ministers, departments, and crown entities.

The course is intended for anyone who wants a better understanding of the principles and practical application of public finance.

Course 7

Parliament’s select committees

Parliamentary select committees are the ‘engine room’ of the House. This is where the real work is done, as select committees pour over bills and budgets, and scrutinise the performance of ministers and officials.

This course considers all aspects of select committees, including their different roles, the different types of committee (e.g. the subject-area committees, the Business Committee, and the Privileges Committee), committee membership, and the important linkages that exists between committee members and party caucuses, and critically, between the chairperson and the minister.

The course is designed for any officials who may work with committees in an advisory committee.