Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui | Public Service Leadership Team (PSLT) collectively leads and stewards the Public Service.

Led by the Public Service Commissioner, PSLT works together as an executive team providing strategic leadership and stewardship of a cohesive and effective Public Service.

Members of the Public Service Leadership team standing together looking at the camera.

Our chief executives who make up PSLT are leading public sector reform — working together on our key priorities in a way that hasn’t been done before.

As a group, PSLT carries the prime responsibility for system alignment by ensuring the Public Service takes a joined up approach to major issues, aligning around common approaches.

Since the 2020 Public Service Act reform, a priority has been developing the role and team culture of PSLT. The value of this was quickly evident through the COVID-19 experience, where it supported rapid and innovative delivery across systems.

Where needed, PSLT ensures that all agencies take a unified approach to an issue or issues. For example, adopting a common approach to building positive workplace cultures across Public Service workplaces.

Positive and safe workplaces 

Workforce Data — Working in the Public Service 

PSLT also sponsors innovative ways of working on key issues. In the past year, it established a working group to define strategic priorities and consider how agencies can better align on key issues, such as climate change.

Members of the Public Service Leadership team having a discussion around a table.

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PSLT was first formally recognised under the Public Service Act 2020. 

The Act requires that the membership of PSLT include the:

  • Public Service secretaries and chief executives of all departments
  • deputy Public Service commissioners.

The Act also allows the Commissioner to invite the chief executives of other agencies where appropriate, including:

  • Crown agents (for example, Waka Kotahi and Kāinga Ora)
  • departmental agencies (for example, Te Arawhiti and Ministry for Ethnic Communities)
  • other departments (for example, New Zealand Police). 

This discretion to invite additional members allows the Commissioner to ensure that PSLT includes those leaders whose agencies deliver significant public services or hold important system leadership roles across the Public Service.

Read about other current Public Service leaders, on our website.

Current Public Service leaders

You can also find data about Public Service senior leadership and diversity and inclusion on our website.

Workforce Data — Senior leadership 

Workforce Data — Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion