- Title page
- Operating Environment
- State Services Development Goals
- Capability of the State Services Commission
- Leadership and coordination
- State Services Commission interventions and the development goals
- Implementation and milestones
- Other business
- Financial statements
- Glossary of terms
The recent enactment of new and amended legislation covering the State Services has altered the role of the State Services Commission (SSC). The State Sector Amendment Act (No 2) 2004 extends the State Services Commissioner's mandate so that he/she is no longer responsible only for the Public Service but also for setting standards of integrity and conduct within the State Services generally. The Crown Entities Act 2004 complements this by introducing to the Crown entity sector a system of outcomes-focused planning similar to that which exists in the Public Service. Together these provide the statutory base for an SSC whose leadership role is no longer limited to the Public Service but extends to encompass the role of a true State Services Commission.
Over the period covered by this Statement of Intent the SSC will roll out work programmes to support each of the six new Development Goals for the State Services. These goals, including development targets for 2007 and 2010, have been expressed with as much precision and measurability as is feasible at this point. Work will be done to specify them in greater detail, develop timelines and indicators of results, and to ensure the SSC has the capability to implement them.
This Statement of Intent contributes to doing this by:
- setting out the ways in which the SSC intends to develop capability to achieve the State Services Development Goals
- considering how our current interventions map on to the Goals
- beginning the evaluation of which areas of SSC actions will need most development and change, as a prelude to further work
- analysing the risks that need to be managed.
The development of the SSC's capability is occurring on a number of fronts from changing the culture of the organisation, to further developing the skills and knowledge of staff, to a new internal structure for the organisation. However, the capability challenge is not limited to the SSC itself. The capability of the State Services to coordinate effectively around common Development Goals will be facilitated through the operation of a new Advisory Committee on State Services that will be primarily made up of Public Service chief executives, and convened by the State Services Commissioner. This committee will oversee the development programme. The capability of central agencies to coordinate more effectively will also develop as a result of the work that we, the Treasury, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, are undertaking around shared central agency outcomes.
Despite the very different 'look' and emphasis of this Statement of Intent there is more underlying continuity than may at first be apparent. The previous SSC outcomes are incorporated and enhanced by the State Services Development Goals. However, the newness of the Development Goals, and the size of the challenge this entails for the SSC, mean that this Statement of Intent is, in significant respects, an unfinished plan. Consequently, this Statement of Intent commits the SSC to identifying measures of progress, and to building the research and evaluation capability to support this.