In this context, the machinery of government refers to the State Services Commissioner's role to advise government on the:

· allocation of functions to and between departments and other agencies

· creation, amalgamation, or abolition of departments and other agencies

· coordination of activities of departments and other agencies.

To learn more about the functions of the State Services Commissioner, view this page


To learn more about the machinery of government, view this page


To learn more about the departments and other agencies in New Zealand's State sector, view this page


For information on the role and powers of Ministers,

view this page.

When deliberating on any potential changes to the machinery of government, a number of factors are taken into consideration, including:

· findings and recommendations of any reviews relating to the functions or structure of an agency, department, or sector (group of agencies and departments)

· the employment term of the chief executive (it is common to review the structure of the agency, department or sector towards the end of a chief executive's fixed-term employment agreement, so that any potential changes might be considered prior to reappointment decisions, or before the recruitment and appointment of a new chief executive)

· the priorities of the government of the day.


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