As a senior executive, you will make many decisions that affect and influence individuals and organisations. Those decisions may affect the public and how services are provided.
It is important that you understand the legal and administrative framework in which decisions are made, including the source of power for any decisions you make. In most cases, the power will come from an Act of Parliament, a subordinate law, such as a Regulation, or a legal instrument under an Act or subordinate law, such as an instrument of delegation.
There are significant consequences for yourself and your agency if you act outside of these sources of power.
As a senior executive, you will likely have delegated authority to make decisions. The proper delegation of authority plays an important role in ensuring that an agency and its employees act in accordance with the law.