- Title page
- 1: Relationships, roles and responsibilities
- 2 : Appointing and maintaining an effective board
- 3: Participating in setting the expectations and direction for entities
- 4: How can your monitoring department assist you?
- Appendix 1: How Crown entities fit into the public sector
- Appendix 2: Information for Crown entity companies
Who is this guide for?
This guide is for Ministers with statutory Crown entity responsibilities and their staff.1
What does this guide provide to you as a Minister?
It provides practical information and an easy reference point for you and your staff about:
- your relationships with Crown entities, and how to engage with them on strategic matters important to the government
- how to request and get good performance information from an entity
- information flows between Ministers, Crown entities and monitors (usually monitoring departments2
- public reporting by entities, and
- your role in the appointment and removal of board members, and in setting remuneration for board members.
A separate quick reference handout shows the key levers available for you to get the performance you want, and how others may assist you. This handout is available at www.ssc.govt.nz/sites/all/files/performance-levers-for-ministers-jun14.pdf3 For more information also refer to It Takes Three: Operating Expectations Framework for Statutory Crown Entities. which sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Minister relative to a Crown entity board and the monitoring department www.ssc.govt.nz/it-takes-three-operating-expectations-framework.
1: The main body of this guide is focused on statutory Crown entities while Appendix 2 deals with Crown entity companies and, briefly, Public Finance Act Schedule 4A companies.
2: The term "monitoring department" is used throughout this Guide, although the Minister may choose a different body to monitor the entity.
3: The levers hand-out is necessarily generic as entities also have their own legislation, which may change how a particular lever is used or provide further specific levers. It is, however, a useful basis for a discussion with the monitoring department about the options that are available.