- CA ANZ Chair to lead inquiry into unauthorised access to budget-sensitive material
- The inquiry will examine concerns regarding security of the Treasury’s Budget process
- Inquiry connected with trust and confidence in the Public Service and in the security of government information
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) Chair Murray Jack FCA has been appointed to head the inquiry into how Budget-sensitive material was accessed at the New Zealand Treasury.
The inquiry will address concerns about the security of the Treasury's Budget process, focusing on what happened, why it happened, the lessons learned, and the actions the Treasury needs to take to ensure that a similar incident will not happen again.
"Mr Jack has a strong professional background in business and technology strategy and implementing technology-related change programmes with more than 25 years consulting experience, mostly in the public sector".
He has also has led or been involved in a number of independent reviews for ministers and government agencies.
The inquiry will be conducted using the Commissioner's powers under the State Sector Act 1988 and will report to the Commissioner on:
- The circumstances surrounding this incident, including the security measures taken in response
- The causes of the incident, including whether the Treasury adhered to its own internal policies relevant to the security of Budget sensitive information and to applicable government-wide policies and good practice guidance
- The appropriateness and effectiveness of the information security systems that the Treasury had in place in relation to the final six-week production phase of the Budget Process. This will include an assessment of the relevant policies, processes, governance, capability, and security culture and practice of the Treasury
- Any linkages or implications for the Treasury's wider information security systems
- Any other relevant matters necessary to provide a complete report on the above.
The Commissioner said the inquiry is important because it goes to trust and confidence in the Public Service and in the security of government information. "Unauthorised access to budget-sensitive material is a very serious matter," said Mr Hughes.