This document sets out Government expectations for State Services agencies to adopt good employment relations practices in redeploying surplus staff within the State Services where suitable positions are available. It has been developed in conjunction with the Public Service Association.
These expectations are written within a context of significant change within the State Services and a deteriorating fiscal and economic environment. The Government believes that a process for redeploying surplus staff within the State Services will improve the quality of change management processes used by agencies and help to:
retain the skills, experience, institutional knowledge, and specialised competencies of public servants to enable the improved delivery of services to New Zealanders now and in the future;
ensure State Services agencies are good employers throughout any change management process;
reduce the financial cost of redundancy compensation payable; and
increase the pool of credible candidates for vacancies in the State Services.