- Title page
- Foreword from the Minister of State Services
- Introduction from the State Services Commissioner
- Chief Executive Statement of Responsibility
- Nature and Scope of Functions
- Strategic Direction
- Operating Intentions
- Central Agencies' Shared Agenda
- Managing in a Changeable Operating Environment
- Assessing Organisational Health and Capability
Introduction from the State Services Commissioner
The State Services Commission performs a leadership role across the State sector. Together with the other central agencies - the Treasury and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - we are concerned with improving the performance of agencies, of sectors, and the performance of the public management system as a whole.
The primary statutory responsibility of the State Services Commissioner is the appointment and performance management of Public Service chief executives. I intend to improve the Commission's performance in this area by shifting the emphasis of our focus from retrospective analysis to real time performance management. I want to do this by setting sharper expectations of chief executives with greater Ministerial input, provide chief executives with more and higher quality engagement with Deputy Commissioners and increased support from the Commission in general, and holding them to account for delivery against these expectations. I am changing the structure of the Commission to better support this outcome.
In addition to discharging my statutory responsibilities, the Government's specific priority actions for the State Services Commission are: capping the size of the core government administration; setting new expectations for pay and employment conditions in the State sector; and, strengthening trust in the State Services. Over the coming three years, we will also continue to monitor New Zealanders' satisfaction with their public services; act to enhance front line service delivery; and continue to develop senior leadership capability across the State sector.
Essentially, this new work programme is targeted to deliver on the Minister's expectations of improved system and agency performance, driven by the Commission with the other central agencies.
State Services Commissioner