- Title page
- Foreword from the Minister of State Services
- Introduction from the State Services Commissioner
- Chief Executive Statement of Responsibility
- The Nature and Scope of our Functions
- Our Operating Environment
- Our Strategic Direction
- Our Medium-term Measures of Success
- Operating Intentions
- Organisational Health and Capability
- Managing Risk
- Departmental Capital and Asset Management Intentions
Foreword from the Minister of State Services
As New Zealand faces new economic challenges and tight spending constraints, innovative public servants and good public sector management will be critical. The Government expects better results from public services and improved outcomes for New Zealanders who access these.
State Services agencies have a critical role to play in New Zealand’s economic recovery. The State Services Commission, together with the Treasury and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is responsible for leading the collective effort of agencies to lift State sector performance and improve the delivery of public services in an environment of considerable financial restraint.
My expectations of the State Services Commissioner are that he will provide leadership through his statutory responsibilities – such as the appointment and performance management of Public Service chief executives, providing high quality advice and support to Ministers around the future state of the system and the performance of agencies across the sector.
This Government, and New Zealanders, want efficient and effective frontline service delivery from a professional, apolitical State Services. A State Services Commission that is delivering quality advice to Ministers and focused support to agencies is essential to lifting the performance of the system to meet the Government’s expectations and the needs of New Zealanders. To that end, I have agreed with the State Services Commissioner the work programme outlined in this Statement of Intent.
I am satisfied that the information on future operating intentions provided by the State Services Commission in this Statement of Intent is in accordance with sections 38, 40 and 41 of the Public Finance Act 1989 and is consistent with the policies and performance expectations of the Government.
Hon Tony Ryall