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Career Boards are part of a planned process supporting senior leader career development across the State Services.

They are about strategically moving high performing senior people around sectors and the State Services for the benefit of the system as a whole, chief executives and their agencies, and individuals. Recognising that our best performers are shared assets is integral to delivering outstanding results for New Zealanders.


The Career Boards have three mandates:

1. To collaboratively identify and support the development of promising leaders.

2. To strategically move people around the system for development purposes.

3. To act as a coordinating mechanism to strategically move senior leaders to achieve the Government's priorities and deliver better public services.

Career Board process

The Career Board process involves the State Services Commissioner, as Head of State Services, the Leadership Development Centre and State Services chief executives working in partnership to develop senior leaders. Our goal is to understand the aspirations of our senior leaders, consider these against available development opportunities and then deploy people across these opportunities.

There are currently three sector Career Boards and a System Career Board which meet up to three times a year to discuss development of senior leaders and succession planning for key positions.

The System Career Board takes an overall view of system needs and leadership development opportunities at the highest level. It's an integrated mechanism to move talented people across the State Services to where they can make the greatest contribution.

The three Sector Career Boards focus on sector capability and career development opportunities in agencies across a sector to give senior leaders essential learning experiences to take the next step upwards. They are the:

Career Board members include chief executives of agencies in those sectors.

The Leadership Development Centre helps provide information to support chief executives in the Career Board process, and facilitates assessment of senior leaders in their agencies and appropriate training and development opportunities for them.

At Career Board meetings, members consider information provided by both senior leaders themselves and by their chief executives, looking at people's performance, their potential and their ability to meet their leadership aspirations.

Career Board members

Business-facing & Natural Resources Career Board

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Chair)
  • Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
  • Department of Conservation
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Inland Revenue Department
  • Land Information New Zealand
  • Te Puni Kokiri
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Statistics New Zealand
  • Ministry of Transport
  • NZ Transport Agency

Social & Justice Career Board

  • Department of Corrections
  • Crown Law Office
  • Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Ministry of Education
  • Education Review Office
  • Ministry of Health
  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
  • Serious Fraud Office
  • Ministry of Social Development (Chair)
  • Ministry of Women's Affairs
  • New Zealand Police

External & Security Career Board

  • New Zealand Customs Service
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Government Communications Security Bureau
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Chair)
  • State Services Commission
  • The Treasury
  • NZ Defence Force

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