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The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) is responsible for making appointments to a variety of public bodies, either directly as Ministerial appointments or by way of nomination to the Boards.
The non-departmental government bodies (NDPBs) for which DCAL is responsible for are as follows:-
Other bodies are:
Appointments to our NDPBs are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments (NI) (CPA NI).
Forthcoming public appointments to the Department's bodies are listed twice-yearly in the six-monthly list of public appointments that is published by the Central Appointments Unit (CAU) of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) in the "All Aboard" newsheet.
The Department is committed to the principle of public appointments made on merit, with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity, probity and proportionality.
DCAL has responsibilty for ensuring that the individuals it appoints are committed to the principles and values of public service.
The Department advertises many of its public appointments and is keen to diversify its applicant pool. We are working with both CPA NI and CAU to achieve this.
Not all appointments are advertised as in some instances there are nominating bodies which have a statutory right to make nominations or where it would not be cost effective.However, in these cases CPA NI Principles are still applied.