Crown entities guidance
Information on the governance and monitoring of Crown entities.
REMINDER: It's time for Crown entities to prepare their annual reports. Crown entities now have the option to present and publish their annual report in a single document along with those of other Crown entities or departments, or to present it in the same document as their strategic intentions.
See the Treasury's website publication on how to prepare the Annual Report.
Crown entities are integral to New Zealand's State sector, and society as a whole. This website section provides guidance for responsible Ministers, monitoring departments, boards and staff of Crown entities, with a particular focus on statutory Crown entities. It presents the new It Takes Three: Operating Expectations Framework for Statutory Crown Entities, which shows how the roles of Ministers, monitoring departments and entities all fit together. Please note that the application of the guidance and relevant Acts may vary for specific Crown entities.
Guidance for Ministers
Ministers have a key role in managing the Crown's interests in Crown entities.
The role includes:
- Appointment and removal of members
- Remuneration of members
- Giving directions to entities
- Reviewing entity operations and performance
- Setting direction and performance expectations
Guidance for Crown entities
A Crown entity is a public body at arm's-length from Ministers, but still an integral part of the State sector. All Crown entities are governed by the Crown Entities Act and each statutory Crown entity also has its own enabling legislation.
The Crown entity board's role includes:
- operating in accordance with the Crown Entities Act and its own legislation
- monitoring and reporting on its performance
Guidance for monitoring departments
The monitoring department plays a vital role in the three-way relationship.
The role includes:
- assisting the responsible Minister
- administering appropriations ans legislation as required
- providing advice to the Minister on entity performance
What is the 'public sector'?
The public sector consists of a number of different organisational forms. These forms vary in the extent to which they are at an arm's-length from Ministers, how they are governed, and the expectations that apply.
What is expected of boards and staff: people and conduct?
The boards and staff of Crown entities operate with expectations for conduct and human resources that apply within the State services.
How are Crown entities governed?
Crown entity boards have overall responsibility for the entity's performance. The responsible Minister sets expectations for the performance of the entity.
The It Takes Three: Operating Expectations Framework for Statutory Crown Entities was originally developed by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage for the needs of the cultural sector Crown entities.
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