New Zealand’s first Public Service Census started on 11 May and closed in early June 2021.
About 60,000 public servants working in 36 agencies (departments and departmental agencies) were asked questions focusing on diversity, inclusion and wellbeing at work, a unified Public Service, and strengthening Māori-Crown relationships.
Getting a better understanding of the diversity of public servants, their experiences, views and motivations, will help build a unified Public Service that truly represents the people we serve, where public servants feel supported to be themselves at work.
It will also identify factors enabling public servants to work to their full potential for New Zealand and New Zealanders.
The Public Service Act 2020 introduces new requirements to promote diversity and inclusiveness and develop Māori engagement capability in Public Service agencies. Information gathered in the census will help monitor how well these requirements are being embedded.
Te Taunaki provided a safe, independent channel for this to happen. Participation was voluntary, census responses will remain anonymous and individuals will not be identifiable from the data.
The census was conducted by an independent research provider, Research NZ, on behalf of Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission. It was delivered online, with paper and telephone versions available for people unable to complete the online questionnaire.
High-level census information will be available in late 2021.
If you have any census questions please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintaining each individual’s privacy is paramount. Census responses will remain anonymous.
Read more about information on how we will protect people’s privacy.
Resources for agencies
The Fact Sheet covers the key points about the purpose of the survey and how the data collection process works.
Questions and Answers
Information for those completing the survey Questions and Answers.
Te Taunaki 600 x 600 [429KB | GIF]
Te Taunaki 500 x 333 [291KB | GIF]
Te Taunaki 500 x 333 [21KB | JPG]
Te Taunaki 600 x 600 [33KB | JPG]
Te Taunaki questionnaire
Te Taunaki Public Service Census 2021 questionnaire [326KB | PDF]