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Submissions open on legislation to reform public service

December 13, 2019 at 3:22 PM

From the NZFVC

The Government is inviting submissions on the legislation proposing changes to the public service.

The deadline to make a submission is 31 January 2020.

The Public Service Legislation Bill would repeal the State Sector Act 1988 and replace it with a new Public Service Act. It would also make related amendments to the Public Finance Act 1989. The stated purpose of the legislation is to modernise the legislative framework for the Public Service by expanding the types of agencies that make up the Public Service and bring them together with a common purpose, ethos and strengthened leadership arrangements.

The Parliamentary webpage provides an overview of the legislation aims:

  • "clearly establish the purpose, principles, and values of an apolitical public service, as well as its role in government formation
  • ​recognise the role of the public service to support the Crown in its commitment to its relationships with Māori
  • provide a more flexible set of options for organisational arrangements to support the public service in better responding to priorities and joining up more effectively
  • ​increase interoperability across the public service workforce and preserve the future public service as an attractive and inclusive place to work
  • strengthen leadership across the public service, and provides for system- and future-focused leadership."

The changes would allow the creation of boards or joint ventures, similar to the Joint Venture Business Unit already launched to address family violence and sexual violence. These joint ventures would be made up of chief executives from relevant government agencies who would work together on key issues. They would be accountable to a single Minister and receive direct budget appropriations.

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