Information on the governance and monitoring of Crown entities.
Public Service Act 2020 Update: This Public Service Legislation and Statutory Crown entities July 2020 resource addresses changes for Crown agents under the Public Service Act 2020, and provides information on other provisions that apply to statutory Crown entities generally.
Provisions of the State Sector Act 1988 which applied to Crown entities generally, are carried over to the new legislation. This information sheet clarifies these provisions and any new provisions that apply to Crown entities and/or Crown agents specifically. Please contact our Enquiries Team if you have any questions. Information on Public Sector Reforms is on our website.
Crown entities are integral to New Zealand's State sector, and society as a whole. This website section provides guidance for responsible Ministers, monitoring departments, boards and staff of Crown entities, with a particular focus on statutory Crown entities. It presents the It Takes Three: Operating Expectations Framework for Statutory Crown Entities, which shows how the roles of Ministers, monitoring departments and entities all fit together. Please note that the application of the guidance and relevant Acts may vary for specific Crown entities.
Ministers have a key role in managing the Crown's interests in Crown entities.
The role includes:
A Crown entity is a public body at arm's-length from Ministers, but still an integral part of the State sector. All Crown entities are governed by the Crown Entities Act and each statutory Crown entity also has its own enabling legislation.
The Crown entity board's role includes:
The monitoring department plays a vital role in the three-way relationship.
The role includes:
The public sector consists of a number of different organisational forms. These forms vary in the extent to which they are at an arm's-length from Ministers, how they are governed, and the expectations that apply.
The boards and staff of Crown entities operate with expectations for conduct and human resources that apply within the State services.
Crown entity boards have overall responsibility for the entity's performance. The responsible Minister sets expectations for the performance of the entity.
The It Takes Three: Operating Expectations Framework for Statutory Crown Entities was originally developed by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage for the needs of the cultural sector Crown entities.
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