Public Service leader’s pay and expenses are regularly disclosed to provide transparency and accountability.

At the request of Cabinet, Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission has publicly reported on chief executive pay since 2010 to provide transparency for the public. This includes the chief executives of departments, departmental agencies, Crown agents and other statutory Crown entities, Tertiary Education Institutions, Offices of Parliament and non-Public Service departments.

The chief executive remuneration table includes the remuneration of the chief executives and acting chief executives for agencies across the public sector. Remuneration for chief executives is set differently depending on the type of agency.

The table discloses the remuneration of each chief executive based on the annual remuneration package specified in their employment agreement and/or letter of appointment. Disclosure also reflects the timing of each chief executive’s annual remuneration and review cycle.

The table is updated twice a year, and shows: 

  • remuneration that was earned between completed remuneration reviews, or
  • remuneration earned up to the end date of appointments which have been completed.  

Find the table in Chief executive remuneration

Find more data about senior leader remuneration in Workforce Data —Senior leader remuneration/pay

Te whakaatu i ā ngā Tumu Whakarae whakapaunga moni Public Service leaders’ expense disclosure

Chief executives of Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities regularly disclose their expenses to provide transparency and accountability for their discretionary expenditure. We have issued model standards.

The disclosures make transparent the standards of probity and financial prudence and provide public assurance about the propriety of the expenditure. This requirement is in line with international practice, and in New Zealand, ministers, Members of Parliament and mayors are all subject to disclosure provisions.

Chief executives make this information publicly available annually on their agency's website and link it to

Disclosures containing information for the financial year (ending 30 June) are published by 31 July each year.


Further resources, which include the Excel workbook to be used, a guide for agency staff and DIA guidance for linking datasets, are provided below.

Model standards: Chief executive gifts, benefits and expenses

What is a publisher account and how do I apply? —

How do I add or update our Chief Executive expenses? —

Contact CE Expenses

Chief executive remuneration overview

The approach to setting chief executive remuneration balances 2 things — the need to maintain public trust and confidence in the Public Sector, and the need to attract and retain chief executives who are motivated by a spirit of service.

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