The ins and outs of Barilaro's job offer

Finbar O'MallonAAP
A NSW inquiry is probing the appointment of ex-deputy premier John Barilaro to a plum trade role.
Camera IconA NSW inquiry is probing the appointment of ex-deputy premier John Barilaro to a plum trade role. Credit: AAP

A parliamentary inquiry is investigating how former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro snagged a plum role as the state's New York trade ambassador.

Here's a look at some of the key points heard by the inquiry on Wednesday.

* Mr Barilaro requested changes to the recruitment process in late September which required it to get government approval. Days later he retired from politics.

* Investment NSW boss Amy Brown, who oversees the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner roles, said a candidate was selected before Mr Barilaro's request.

* A verbal offer to the chosen candidate was withdrawn after Mr Barilaro's requested changes.

* The relationship between the candidate and Investment NSW then became "irreconcilable".

* The Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner post in New York comes with a $487,000 salary plus a $16,000 cost of living allowance.

* Nearly $1 million was spent refurbishing part of the Australian consulate in New York for Mr Barilaro to occupy.

* Mr Barilaro was verbally offered the job in May, signed a three-year contract in June and is due to begin the role in July.

* He will be owed a week's salary if he is removed inside his six-month probationary period. After that he could be owed the wages due for the full three-year contract.

* Ms Brown used to work under Mr Barilaro when he was trade minister.

* She said she was not aware whether Mr Barilaro ever asked his replacement as trade minister, Stuart Ayres, to give him the job.

* Mr Barilaro's office and Ms Brown met to discuss other ways a commissioner candidate can be appointed besides the independent hiring by Investment NSW.

* Ms Brown expressed concerns last year in internal communications that Mr Barilaro's office would try to veto her picks for the role.

* She said a staffer on temporary secondment had misunderstood when she sent an email, since resurfaced, requesting the premier's approval for two other commissioner appointments despite the recruitment being an apolitical process.

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