The State sector makes up around 30% of New Zealand’s GDP, and as such makes an important contribution to economic growth and raising living standards for Kiwis. It needs to develop the strength and flexibility to adapt and meet new challenges, and the State Services Commission is at the heart of this momentum for change.
The Commission has already played a major role in the Government’s State sector reform agenda, through implementing the Government’s capping policy on core government administration numbers, supporting the role of functional leads in property, procurement and ICT, and driving agency-level work around the Government’s ten Better Public Services Results. These are real outcomes that make a difference in our communities, and the public reporting of progress against those targets bolsters the Public Service’s existing tradition of integrity and transparency.
Backed by new tools in the legislative reforms of 2013, the Commission is moving forward with building a State sector system better able to meet the expectations of Government and New Zealanders now and into the future.
This Statement of Intent tells New Zealanders what the Commission is doing to achieve that vision. Success will look like a State sector that uses resources – both money and people – wisely, that continuously improves how it operates, and that collaborates under strong leadership to achieve those results most important to New Zealanders.
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of State Services June 2014