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The State Services Commissioner's role

Under the State Sector Act 1988, the State Services Commissioner (the Commissioner) is the employer of most Public Service chief executives and is responsible for their appointment and performance management, and the setting and reviewing of their terms and conditions of employment. This excludes those chief executives whose remuneration is set by the Remuneration Authority, which includes the chief executives of the State Services Commission (the Commission), the Crown Law Office and the Government Communications Security Bureau. The remuneration of 13 chief executives of government departments and officers of parliament is set by the Remuneration Authority.

For a number of departments outside of the Public Service, the Commissioner can have a role in the chief executive’s appointment and/or performance management process(es) at the request of the department’s responsible Minister. Currently these are the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, the New Zealand Police, the New Zealand Defence Force and Parliamentary Service.

The Commissioner also advises on or approves the proposed terms and conditions of employment of 104 Crown entity chief executives (including tertiary education institutions and district health boards) and the chief executives of any of their subsidiaries.

The Commissioner therefore has a direct influence on the remuneration received by about 130 chief executive positions in the State sector.

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