The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) provides members of the public with a right of access to government information.

Under the GIPA Act, each NSW Government department and agency is required to publish an Agency Information Guide. This Agency Information Guide provides a general description of:

  • our agency’s functions and structure
  • how our functions affect members of the public
  • how members of the public can participate in the formulation of NSW Treasury policy and provide feedback
  • the types of information we hold
  • the types of information that we make available to the public, and how to access it
  • the fees and charges that will need to be paid to access different types of information

Treasury Functions

A central agency with a wide responsibility for policy advice and direction, Treasury serves the Treasurer and the Government by providing economic and financial advice for the overall management of the state's finances. This includes expenditure, revenue, and risk management strategies.

Treasury prepares the Budget and the Consolidated Financial Statements for the state. We also issue directions on accounting and financial matters to public sector agencies through the Treasurer's Directions, Treasury Circulars, and Statements of Best Practice.

The Secretary of Treasury is the employer of the NSW Public Service for industrial purposes and is responsible for the central management of NSW public sector industrial relations functions. As a Principal Department in the NSW Public Sector, Treasury has administrative responsibility for the following entities:

  • Crown Finance Entity
  • State Rail Authority Residual Holding Corporation
  • Liability Management Ministerial Corporation
  • Electricity Assets Ministerial Holding Corporation
  • Ports Assets Ministerial Holding Corporation
  • Electricity Transmission Ministerial Holding Corporation
  • Alpha Distribution Ministerial Holding Corporation 
  • Epsilon Distribution Ministerial Holding Corporation
  • Ministerial Holding Corporation

The following entities fall within the Treasury cluster, but are not directly administered by Treasury: 

For more information about what these organisations do, you can refer to their individual websites.

For more details on Treasury, its activities and its legislation, see Treasury’s Annual Report.

Headed up by the Secretary, Michael Pratt, Treasury’s structure consists of nine groups that are responsible for delivering Treasury’s strategy and goals:

Commercial, Commissioning & Procurement

The Commercial, Commissioning & Procurement (CC&P) Group comprises the transactions, commercial assets, infrastructure, and structured finance, and commissioning units, as well as NSW Procurement.

Core responsibilities include:

  • providing specialist commercial and financial advice to government to facilitate private sector involvement in major capital projects and related services
  • actively implementing management of the government’s shareholding in State Owned Corporations (SOCs) and other government businesses which includes overseeing their governance, and assessing and monitoring their commercial performance
  • supporting design and implementation of service delivery reforms in NSW
  • managing major asset transactions
  • setting and governing policies, and managing key spend categories for the State’s annual $33 billion + procurement expenditure.

Economic Strategy & Productivity

The Economic Strategy & Productivity Group shapes the NSW economic strategy and influences the future direction of tax policy, economic policy, and reform, productivity policy, small business policy, and federal financial relations.

Core responsibilities also include:

  • advising and promoting sound economic policy within NSW to enhance the economic performance and welfare of NSW
  • bolstering the capacity of NSW Treasury to lead economic reform and debate by advising on state, national and global economic issues, analysis and trends
  • monitoring and forecasting the NSW economy and revenues, and providing policy advice on the State’s revenue measures and federal financial relations
  • supporting the sustainability of small businesses in NSW by providing assistance and information, strategic and procedural advice, confidential mediation and dispute resolution services and speaking up for small business within government
  • driving productivity improvements to enhance the welfare of NSW including driving microeconomic and regulatory reform.

Financial & Operations Group

The Financial & Operations Group provides a range of services to Treasury and the sector, including:

  • finance and business performance management
  • the production and publication of the Total State Sector Accounts
  • the production of monthly financial reporting and analysis of the general government aggregate financial results and provision of the aggregates financial reporting for the Budget and Half Year
  • the provision of technical support and training for the sector on the Budgeting System
  • the stewardship for the sector on financial management and accounting policy including capability support and compliance/performance management and delivery of the Recurrent Expenditure Gateway Assurance program
  • the provision of technical accounting advice to the sector including capability support, liaison with other jurisdictions and liaison with relevant national and international accounting bodies
  • being responsible for the Risk Assurance and Internal Audit function for Treasury including stewardship of the areas across the sector via a cluster Audit & Risk Chair Leadership forum
  • the corporate finance and facilities management functions for Treasury.

Human Resources

The priority of the Human Resources team is to develop the skills and innovation of our people to create a high-performing, results-driven workforce, as well as developing strategies and initiatives to make Treasury a rewarding place to work.

Core human resources responsibilities include:

  • implementing best practice policies, programs and solutions across talent acquisition and management, organisational development, reward, engagement, and business partnering
  • developing leadership capability and shaping a culture of collaboration and accountability
  • driving efficiency and productivity through the careful design of work, the operating model and the organisation
  • improving the quality of a work/life balance for all our people and promoting flexible working.

Information Technology

The Information Technology Group is responsible for all Treasury technology systems including the sector-wide budgeting platform, Prime. They ensure the integrity, availability, and security of
information and systems. Core areas of responsibility include:

  • Applications and IT projects
  • Operations and support
  • Records and information management
  • Finance and budget systems
  • Cyber security.

Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides the Treasurer, other cluster Ministers, and NSW Treasury with strategic legal advice and a ‘legal lens’ on whole of government policy initiatives,
supports State significant commercial asset transactions and strategic projects, and manages contractual, statutory and other legal issues arising from Treasury’s operations.

The OGC’s activities include:

  • providing general support on major commercial transactions and strategic projects
  • conducting contract reviews, advice and negotiations
  • undertaking statutory interpretation, review and updates to Treasury legislation
  • dealing with contract disputes, HR disputes, litigation management and
  • support supporting Treasury compliance activities from a legal perspective.

Office of the Secretary

The Office of the Secretary manages Treasury’s in-house functions, ensuring the provision of critical support and expert advisory services, coordinates engagement and support for the Treasurer’s Office and is focused on strengthening the monitoring and reporting business performance to ensure the organisation’s continuous improvement – providing proactive advice on all aspects of the business. They also work with the broader government sector across its functions, providing central agency leadership and engagement.

Core responsibilities include:

  • developing and managing Treasury communications
  • leading Treasury’s Parliamentary Cabinet and Governance functions project management.

Policy & Budget

The Policy & Budget (P&B) Group is the primary agency relationship manager at NSW Treasury. The role of P&B is to work collaboratively with NSW government agencies to provide high quality advice on financial management, policy reform and resource allocation. The goal is to improve service delivery to the community and increase living standards both now and in the
future.

The group also plays an integral role in preparing the State Budget and monitoring agency financial and policy performance.

Core responsibilities include:

  • coordination of agency content for core Treasury publications, including Budget Papers, total State Sector Accounts and Half-Yearly Review and the Pre-Election Budget Update (PEBU)
  • providing economic and financial advice on resource allocation, service delivery, policy and funding reforms
  • undertaking robust financial monitoring through accurate and quality data analysis
  • advising on how to use the State balance sheet more effectively to improve services and economic outcomes
  • advising on agency business cases, asset plans and budget proposals
  • monitoring agency asset management and delivery.

Trade, Tourism, Investment & Precincts

The Trade, Tourism, Investment & Precincts (TTIP) team implements the NSW Government’s economic development activities. They deliver programs and services, in NSW and across the world, to grow trade, investment and tourism; supporting small business and start-ups to grow, and NSW companies to succeed in international markets. The TTIP’s role is to promote NSW as the destination of choice for tourists, businesses, students and global
talent.

TTIP is also responsible for the State’s industry development and jobs growth targets, ensuring NSW remains globally competitive and invests in the industries and places that will ensure NSW remains a great place to live and work, not just now, but well into the future. Their goals, designed to create economic growth that
benefits the citizens of NSW, include:

  • create great jobs in great places
  • grow capital investment in NSW
  • position NSW globally and nationally for investment and trade growth
  • create liveable places and precincts which are vibrant, improve connectivity and reduce commute times
  • make our precincts economically successful
  • attract skilled labour, technology and innovative practices from across the world to ensure NSW is a leader in future industry sectors and technologies.

For further information about the structure of Treasury please see Our Treasury team.

The Economy

Most of Treasury’s functions affect the public indirectly. Treasury’s corporate vision sets us to work towards ongoing prosperity for the people of New South Wales. Our key commitment to the public is to provide advice to government designed to deliver such prosperity and to sustain it over time. By providing economic and financial advice for the overall management of the state's finances, Treasury influences:

  • Business confidence
  • Jobs growth and employment opportunities
  • The range and standard of public services (including, for example, health, education, and transport services).

Infrastructure

Treasury partners with other NSW Government agencies and other non-government delivery partners to deliver infrastructure projects and create a strong and sustainable NSW economy. 

Public participation

While Treasury’s key customers are other NSW Government departments and agencies on behalf of the people of NSW, we are committed to working closely with stakeholders and the wider community to continually improve services and achieve better outcomes for NSW.

If you would like to make any suggestions or leave any feedback, please email contact@treasury.nsw.gov.au
Public consultation associated with major policy developments generally occurs through the host departments and authorities. 

For projects and policy reforms being hosted by Treasury, dedicated lines of communication with the public and external stakeholders are established on a case by case basis. 

Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission has set up an online portal for citizens and businesses to identify regulatory problem areas and provide fresh ideas to ease the burden. It can be found at www.productivity.nsw.gov.au 

Visualising the Budget

The Budget Data Visualisation tool is an interactive tool enabling you to drill down into the major expenses and revenues for each agency within Treasury’s cluster, for each financial year. It makes it easy to see where funds are generated, as well as distributed and spent. For more information visit the website: www.budget.nsw.gov.au

Feedback 

Treasury’s website incorporates a feedback channel which enables you to provide any compliments about what Treasury did well, as well as any complaints and also allows you to make suggestions of how Treasury can improve. You have the option of submitting your feedback either through the Treasury website, via email or via phone on 02 9228 4567.

Treasury holds a wide variety of information in relation to its functions and operations. Presented below are the major categories of information and the various types of information within each category.

Major categories Various types of information
State Finance and Budget Reports

State Budget Papers and reviews
State financial reports 
General government financial statements
Other financial reports


Visit www.budget.nsw.gov.au and find further information on Treasury’s Budget webpage.

Government businesses Business plans
Quarterly and/or half-yearly reports
Financial forecasting 
Other continuous disclosures
Governance Corporate plan
Annual reports
Treasury circulars
Treasury policies and guidelines
Research and information papers
See Documents Library
Policy Operations Ministerial briefing papers
Internal working papers
Correspondence with ministers and other members of parliament
Correspondence with other government agencies and the business community
Commercial Transactions Project papers on major government asset transactions
Internal operations Personnel files
Workers compensation files
Treasurer's Office Media Releases
Treasurer’s Directions and Circulars

 

Publicly available information

A large range of information is available free of charge on NSW Treasury’s websites:

Mandatory open access Information

Mandatory open access information is information Treasury must make publicly available unless it is not in the public interest to do so.

On this Treasury website, we make the following mandatory open access information available free of charge:

For further information, visit the open access information page.

 

Proactive release

Treasury is required to have a program for the proactive release of government information. Proactive disclosure is the manner in which Treasury considers making information publicly available unless it is against the public interest. Treasury’s Proactive Release Policy is available here

Information proactively disclosed by Treasury is made available on one of Treasury’s websites, on www.opengov.nsw.gov.au or other appropriate outlets.  

Our Open Government Committee (OGComm)– with membership across the agency – meets periodically and reviews Treasury’s proactive release activities. OGComm promotes principles of transparency, accountability, collaboration and innovation within Treasury. OGComm advises Treasury on compliance with open government instruments and recommends approaches for implementation. 

If information sought is not available on Treasury’s websites, members of the public can suggest that information be proactively disclosed (if held by Treasury). Please forward any suggestions to the Information Access and Governance Unit at iag@treasury.nsw.gov.au.

Open Data

Treasury is committed to improving transparency, participation, collaboration and innovation by increasing access to government information.

Treasury is committed to the NSW Government Open Data Policy and seeks to make appropriate government data available to the public. 

Some datasets, including those containing private and commercially sensitive information, must be protected appropriately. It may be necessary to remove personal or identifying information from datasets, in line with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and other applicable legislation.

Datasets that are subject to release will be published on one of Treasury’s websites or at www.data.nsw.gov.au.

Informal request

Members of the public can request information from Treasury on any topic of interest. If the information is clearly in the public interest to disclose, it will be supplied free of charge.

Treasury may attach conditions on the disclosure of information that is sensitive or confidential but relevant to the person making the request. Under the GIPA Act, there is no right of review for informal applications.

If you would like to make an informal request for information, please contact the Information Access and Governance Unit at gipa@treasury.nsw.gov.au.

For more information about making an informal request, please go to the Informal Request page.

Formal request (access application)

If the information you seek is not available on our website and we cannot provide it to you as an informal request for information, you may access the information by lodging a formal access application providing there is no overriding public interest against disclosure.

A formal access application for information should be a last-resort option for accessing government information.
We will respond to your formal access application within 20 working days (subject to any extension allowed for under the Act). If an extension of time is required to deal with your application, we will let you know in writing.
For more information about lodging a formal access application (including fees, charges, review rights and how to submit a valid application, please go to the Formal Request page.

You should forward your formal request for information to:

Information Access and Governance Unit
Treasury
GPO Box 5469
Sydney NSW 2001

Fees and Charges

A $30 application fee applies to Formal Requests under the GIPA Act. Treasury has the discretion to waive or reduce the application fee. 

Treasury may also charge $30 per hour after the first hour for its time in processing an application. The application fee counts towards the first hour of processing application. A 50 per cent reduction in processing fees may apply if you can provide evidence that:

  • you would suffer financial hardship, OR
  • the information is of special benefit to the public generally

If applying for your own personal information, Treasury cannot charge for the first 20 hours of processing.

For more information on these fees and charges, go to the Formal Request page.

Information Access and Governance Unit

If you have any questions or need advice about accessing the information held by the Treasury, please contact the Information Access and Governance officer by:

Calling: (02) 9228 3232

Emailing: gipa@treasury.nsw.gov.au 

Writing to: Manager, Information Access and Governance Unit

Executive and Ministerial Services

NSW Treasury

GPO Box 5469

Sydney NSW 2001

NSW Information Commissioner

You can also get more details about your right to government information from the Office of the
Information Commissioner by:

Calling: 1800 472 679

Emailing: ipcinfo@ipc.nsw.gov.au

Writing to: NSW Information Commissioner 

Level 17, 201 Elizabeth Street 

Sydney NSW 2000

Website: www.ipc.nsw.gov.au

Last updated: 23/11/2020