- Title page
- Our Vision
- Our Roles and Responsibilities
- Operating Environment
- Central Agencies Shared Outcomes
- Achieving our Vision
- Challenges the State Services Commission Faces
- Measuring Progress
- Risk Management
- Other Business
- Financial Statements
- Statement of Responsibility
- Introduction and Highlights
- Financial Highlights
- Departmental Capital Expenditure
- Forecast Financial Statements
- Statement of Forecast Service Performance
- Output Class Descriptions
- Service Performance
- Glossary of Terms
- Appendix One: The Structure of the State Services Commission
Central Agencies Shared Outcomes
A high performing, trusted and accessible State sector, delivering the right things in the right way at the right prices.
The primary common purpose of the central agencies is a shared or mutual interest in a high performing, trusted and accessible State sector. Central agencies have a key role to play in aligning the activities of the State Services with Government's priorities and making sure that Ministers receive the best possible advice before making decisions.
Each central agency has its own key responsibilities, but they also require contributions from the other two agencies. One of the main functions of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) is to support the process of collective decision making, and to convey Cabinet's decisions to the relevant Ministers and officials. DPMC also has a role in conveying priorities to officials, which in 2006 involves a focus on the strategic themes of economic transformation, families - young and old, and national identity. DPMC also ensures that the Cabinet receives well-conceived and coordinated advice. The Treasury exists to monitor and manage the financial affairs of the Government and to provide economic and fiscal policy advice. As such, Treasury is the key agency to support Ministers in balancing priorities through the budget process, and to provide insight into the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies and their interventions. The State Services Commission exists to appoint and manage Public Service chief executives, to provide leadership across the State Services, and to ensure that State servants are appropriately focussed on addressing the Government's priorities. These roles give the SSC opportunities to use performance management to encourage good performance, and to give expression to expectations about standards of work.
Over the last two years there have been some good examples of new and innovative approaches to working together, such as developing an approach that enables the central agencies to identify emerging performance problems early within agencies.
In 2006 and 2007 there will be a focus on the continuous improvement of the State Services.
The central agencies are reviewing and improving their monitoring and advice to Ministers on the performance of the State Services. This involves consideration by the central agencies of their individual and collective roles in managing State Services performance. Current areas of opportunity for improvement may include:
- setting performance expectations and using performance information to better manage performance
- supporting initiatives to improve value for money across the State sector
- providing support to the Prime Minister and Ministers in decision making
- facilitating sector-wide or all-of-government approaches, including ensuring clearer responsibility for leadership and coordination
- facilitating and, where appropriate, providing collective or connected services where this is beneficial to the performance of State Services
- examining whether central agencies' tools are the right ones, are being used in the right way, and are well aligned and coordinated to achieve the desired effects on the performance of the State Services
- reviewing the way central agencies are organised, their processes and the way they are resourced to meet the current and future operating environment (including the way central agencies relate and link as required among themselves and with the State sector), and the adequacy of current arrangements to monitor and review the ongoing performance of central agencies.
The central agencies will review their role in managing the performance of the State Services as part of the programme of expenditure reviews agreed by Cabinet. This review will focus on performance, specifically:
- getting a shared understanding of the different dimensions of good performance and how it can be better supported by central agencies
- understanding how central agencies influence performance both separately and together
- determining some practical ways that central agencies could work in the future to improve the performance of the system as a whole.