- 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 Strategic Direction
- Organisational Health and Capability
- Departmental Capital and Asset Management Intentions
Foreword from the Minister of State Services
In 1912 the New Zealand Public Service Act came in to effect. It heralded the beginning of 100 years of a professional, unified and independent public service and a Public Service Commission. While our country and the world has changed significantly in this time, the trust in and integrity of the public service has grown.
Today, as its predecessor did then, the State Services Commission provides leadership so the State Services provide high performing services now and in the future.
The Commission’s role is to ensure the State Services continue to enjoy the trust and confidence of citizens and that public services are improved to deliver results at a lower cost.
New Zealand continues to face economic challenges and so strong leadership across agencies and the system coupled with an innovative public service is critical. The Government expects better results - and improved outcomes for New Zealanders - from public services.
State Services agencies have a vital role to play in our country’s return to a stronger economic footing. The State Services Commission, with the Treasury and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, is responsible for leading the combined efforts of agencies to lift State sector performance and improve public services in a climate of ongoing financial restraint.
I expect the State Services Commissioner to provide strategic leadership, as head of the State sector, to bring a stronger cross-agency collaboration and focus to achieve the priority results set out by the Prime Minister.
The Commissioner’s responsibilities include the appointment and performance of Public Service chief executives, the development of leadership across the system, agency performance, and the provision of advice and support to Ministers on the future state of the system.
This Government and New Zealanders want better services for less from a professional and apolitical State Services that is focused on results. A State Services Commission that delivers quality advice to Ministers and strategic support to agencies is essential to lifting the performance of the system to meet the expectations of Government and New Zealanders.
I have agreed with the State Services Commissioner the work programme outlined in this Statement of Intent. I am satisfied 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 Dr Jonathan Coleman │ Minister of State Services