- 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
Nature and Scope of Functions
The efficient and effective delivery of public services makes a significant difference to New Zealand's success as a country, and to its citizens. The State Services Commission ensures that the State Services are well placed to carry out Government policy and meet the needs of New Zealanders.
The State Services Commission has a leadership role across the State sector. We are responsible for the appointment and performance management of Public Service chief executives; we advise on the performance of agencies, both individually and collectively across all areas of government; and we advise on the performance of the public management system in the Public Service and Crown entities. With the other central agencies, we take an all-of-government view and work across the system to lift overall performance and improve the delivery of public services to New Zealanders.
The State Services Commissioner's roles and responsibilities are articulated in the State sector Act 1988. They include:
- appointing, reappointing and employing Public Service chief executives on behalf of the Crown
- reviewing the performance of Public Service chief executives on behalf of their Responsible Ministers
- reviewing the performance of each Public Service department and investigating and reporting on matters relating to the performance of Public Service departments
- providing advice on the allocation of functions to and between departments and other agencies, and the creation, amalgamation or abolition of departments and other agencies.
- providing advice on management systems, structures and organisations in the Public Service and Crown entities
- promoting and developing senior leadership and management capability for the Public Service
- negotiating conditions of employment of employees in the Public Service
- promoting and developing personnel policies and equal employment opportunities policies, and providing advice on the training and career development of staff in the Public Service
- setting standards of integrity and conduct that are to apply in most of the State Services, providing advice and guidance to State Services employees on matters of integrity and conduct and investigating matters of integrity and conduct in the State Services.
- performing any other functions with respect to the administration and management of the Public Service, that the Prime Minister directs.
The State Services Commission administers the State sector Act 1988, the Protected Disclosures Act 2000 and the Crown Entities Act 2004 (with the Treasury), as well as five other minor Acts. In addition, the Commission is also responsible for:
- providing support to the Minister of State Services for correspondence, parliamentary questions and responses to select committees as required
- administering the KiwiSaver Employer Credit and the State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme for Public Service departments.