The Crown entity system relies on Ministers, entities and monitoring departments working well together. Effective engagement requires clarity about respective roles and responsibilities and a shared understanding of "how" legislative obligations are put into practice. In short, it takes all three parts of the government working together to effectively deliver the services that New Zealanders deserve.
The "It takes three: operating expectations framework" sets out in one place the roles, responsibilities and operating expectations for all three parties (Ministers, entities and monitoring departments). These expectations are aligned horizontally so that at each stage of the process, each party can see what is expected of the others.
There are four main guiding principles, as outlined below.
Principle 1: clear roles and responsibilities
All parties fulfill their critical roles and responsibilities so that they:
- have a shared understanding of their roles and responsibilities between the parties, in line with relevant legislation
- meet all statutory accountabilities, and
- adhere to the "no surprises" convention
Principle 2: strategic alignment
Policies are strategically aligned so that:
- relevant agencies are driven by the same principles and contribute toward the same outcomes, and
- there is cross-government engagement with Crown entities and other parts of the relevant sector.
Principle 3: efficient and effective monitoring
A customised approach, proportional to the profile of each organisation, is taken to:
- performance monitoring
- data collection
- assessing and managing risk, and
- resource management
in order to enhance entity performance.
Principle 4: trusted engagement
The parties commit to good practice to ensure their relationships are trusting and productive.