The Nominations Process

The nominations process is a lengthy process, and it may take a while before you hear an update about your application. When an update is available, we will let you know how the nomination has progressed.

State sector boards are highly competitive, often with more than a hundred suitable candidates applying for each role so there is no guarantee that you will be appointed to a board.

 The process

1. We receive a call for nominations
When a board role becomes available, The Ministry for Pacific Peoples receive a request from an appointing agency and/or Minister. The request sets out the skills and knowledge required from the candidate and what the position will involve.

2. We search the database and contact nominees
We search our database to find Pacific people who meet the criteria for the role and we contact them to confirm that they are interested in applying.

3. We send details of suitable nominees to the appointing agency where they are shortlisted and assessed

  • We send details of suitable nominees to the appointing agency or organisation. They will consider all nominations received from a range of sources and then recommend to their Minister or the Governor-General who should be appointed.

  • Minister appointed boards can take up to six months between applying and getting an update on the outcome. A diagram of the appointments process is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

 4. Appointments are decided

  • The final appointment decision is made by the agency’s Minister or Governor-General, with Cabinet's approval. The Ministry for Pacific Peoples has no control or influence over the selection process.
  • If you have been nominated for a position, the outcome can’t be confirmed until after appointments have been considered by the Cabinet Appointment and Honours Committee (APH) and Cabinet.