Part 1: Strategic Intentions
“Our purpose is to lead a high-performing State Services that New Zealanders can be proud of and trust to deliver outstanding results and value for money.”
Iain Rennie, State Services Commissioner
The State Services Commission (SSC) values the fact that New Zealand operates one of the most respected public administrations in the world. SSC is committed to State services that function collectively and enable an efficient, effective and relevant government-citizen relationship for a better New Zealand.
SSC has ownership of, and responsibility for, New Zealand's public management system. SSC's core functions and activities are, quite simply, what we need to do to keep the system working well - not just today, but next year, in four years, in twenty years and beyond.
SSC creates the environment for agencies to perform successfully. SSC's purpose is to work with State services chief executives (CEs) and other leaders to help them deliver results that make the most positive difference to the lives of New Zealanders.
Central to this role is appointing CEs, supporting their development, managing their performance and that of their agencies and supporting them to improve it. SSC is identifying and developing future leaders, working on system change, system improvement and integrity. SSC provides the evidence and analysis that keeps improvements on track, works constructively and effectively with the Government, as well as communicating well across the State services and beyond.
SSC has a unique perspective and overview of the State services system as employer and leader. This allows SSC to influence and lead system change where and when it is needed. SSC has visibility of what is in the pipeline and can meet those challenges in a proactive way. SSC has the greatest impact and authority with the Public Service Departments, but SSC's support and influence extends across the whole of the State sector.
From an organisational perspective the SSC finance strategy and workforce strategy enable the shift in capability required to deliver on the leadership role SSC has in system improvement. By building in agility and flexibility, resources can be deployed in areas of greatest value, and moved across SSC as needed to deliver our work programme. Leading and then supporting the evolution of State services that have New Zealanders at the front and centre is embedded in SSC's priorities.