Section 50 of the State Sector Act 1988 gives the State Services Commissioner (the Commissioner) the ability to designate roles within a department or departmental agency, after consulting with the relevant chief executive, as key positions.

Chief executives are required to obtain agreement before appointing to a key position.   Agreement can be provided by the Commissioner or a delegate.

The Commissioner has delegated his powers under section 50 to certain functional leaders and heads of profession in respect of their professional areas.  This delegation includes the power to designate or remove key positions and to agree to any appointments. 

Key positions reflect a system-focused approach to leadership development and deployment where chief executives share responsibility for building the capability of the Public Service as a whole, not solely their own agencies.

The current list of key positions includes a mix of strategy, operational, policy and functional positions. These particular roles have been chosen because they have a significant impact across the Public Service and are critical to the delivery of operational services, government priorities or emergency response.

The list of key positions will evolve over time as government priorities change and critical areas of capability emerge.

All changes with the potential to affect a key position should be notified to the State Services Commission or the respective functional leader:

Information, discussion and help on key positions is available from:

Professional area Delegate
Finance Secretary to the Treasury
Human resources (HR) Government Chief Talent Officer (GCTO)
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO)
Legal Solicitor-General

Information, discussion and help on key positions is available from:

leadershipandtalent@ssc.govt.nz or 04 495 6705.

Public Service Key Positions

Department Role
Department of Corrections Deputy Chief Executive
Department of Corrections National Commissioner, Corrections Services
Department of Internal Affairs Deputy Chief Executive, Service and System Transformation (GCIO)
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Deputy Chief Executive, Policy
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Deputy Chief Executive, Security and Intelligence
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Director, Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
Government Communications Security Bureau Deputy Director, Infrastructure Assurance & Cyber Directorate
Inland Revenue Department Chief Financial Officer
Inland Revenue Department Deputy Commissioner, Service Delivery
Inland Revenue Department Deputy Commissioner, Change
Inland Revenue Department Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Strategy
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Deputy Chief Executive, Labour, Science & Enterprise
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Deputy Chief Executive, Building, Resources & Markets
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Deputy Chief Executive, Immigration New Zealand
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Deputy Chief Executive, Market Services
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Director, Property Management Centre of Expertise
Ministry of Defence Deputy Secretary of Defence
Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary, Sector Enablement and Support
Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary, Strategy, Planning and Governance
Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary, People, Capability and Resources
Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement
Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary, Student Achievement
Ministry for the Environment Deputy Secretary, Natural Resources Policy
Ministry for the Environment Deputy Secretary, Stewardship and Climate Change
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Group Manager, Strategy and Governance
Ministry of Justice Deputy Chief Executive, Sector Group
Ministry of Justice Deputy Secretary, Treaty
Ministry for Primary Industries Deputy Director-General, Policy and Trade
Ministry for Primary Industries Deputy Director-General, Regulation and Assurance
Ministry for Primary Industries Chief Operations Officer
Ministry of Social Development Deputy Chief Executive, Service Delivery
Ministry of Social Development National Children's Director
Ministry of Social Development Director, Property Management Centre of Expertise
Ministry of Social Development Deputy Chief Executive, Social Policy
Ministry of Social Development Deputy Chief Executive, Child Youth and Family
State Services Commission All Deputy Commissioner roles
Statistics New Zealand Deputy Government Statistician /   Deputy Chief Executive Customer Strategy and Delivery
Statistics New Zealand Deputy Government Statistician /   Deputy Chief Executive Architecture, Design and Programme Governance
Statistics New Zealand General Manager 2018 Census
The Treasury Deputy Secretary, Budget and Public Services
The Treasury Deputy Secretary, Growth and Public Services
The Treasury Chief Government Accountant / Head of Government Finance Profession

Finance positions [delegated to Secretary to the Treasury]

Department Role
Department of Internal Affairs Chief Financial Officer
Inland Revenue Department Chief Financial Officer
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Chief Financial Officer
Ministry of Education Chief Financial Officer
Ministry for Primary Industries Chief Financial Officer
Ministry of Social Development Chief Financial Officer
Ministry of Health Chief Financial Officer

Human Resources positions [delegated to Government Chief Talent Officer (GCTO)]

Department Role
Department of Corrections Director, Human Resources
Inland Revenue Department Chief People Officer, People and Culture
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment General Manager, Human Resources
Ministry of Education Chief People Officer
Ministry of Education Group Manager, Education Workforce
Ministry of Education Senior Manager, Industrial Relations
Ministry of Health Chief Advisor, Sector Employment Relations
Ministry of Justice General Manager, People and Performance
Ministry of Social Development General Manager, Human Resources

Information and Communications Technology positions [delegated to Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO)]

Department Role
Department of Conservation Chief Information Officer
Department of Corrections Chief Information Officer
Department of Internal Affairs Chief Information Officer
Inland Revenue Department Chief Technology Officer
Land Information New Zealand Chief Information Officer
Ministry for Primary Industries Chief Information Officer
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Chief Information Officer
Ministry of Education Chief Information Officer
Ministry of Health Chief Information Officer
Ministry of Justice Chief Information Officer
Ministry of Social Development Chief Information Officer
New Zealand Customs Service Chief Information Officer
Statistics New Zealand Chief Information Officer
The Treasury Chief Information and Technology Officer,
Central Agencies Shared Services (CASS) 

Legal positions [delegated to Solicitor-General]

Department Role
Government Communications Security Bureau Chief Legal Advisor
Inland Revenue Department Chief Tax Counsel
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Chief Legal Advisor
Ministry of Justice Chief Legal Advisor
Ministry for Primary Industries Chief Legal Advisor
Ministry of Social Development Chief Legal Advisor
State Services Commission Chief Legal Advisor
The Treasury Chief Legal Advisor

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