The Public Service central agencies oversee the structure of government and how it works, acting as stewards of the machinery of government.
Tā te pokapū mahi What the central agencies do
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Public Service Commission and the Treasury are the three central agencies responsible for coordinating and managing Public Service performance:
- The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is responsible for providing advice and support to the Prime Minister, the Governor-General and Cabinet and supporting the responsibilities of its other portfolio ministers, as well as hosting the National Emergency Management Agency.
- The Public Service Commission coordinates the Public Service as a whole and provides guidance to all the individual agencies and their chief executives.
- The Treasury provides strategic policy advice on the New Zealand economy and produces a range of publications and economic data, as well as monitoring and managing the financial affairs of the Government and overseeing the Budget.
In addition to the central agencies, Parliamentary Counsel Office, Crown Law Office, Te Arawhiti, Stats NZ and the Department of Internal Affairs work across the Public Service to provide information and support. The Parliamentary Counsel Office drafts legislation that’s accessible and fit for purpose, while the Crown Law Office is the government’s legal counsel and representative.
Ngā kaimahi o ngā pokapū Who works in the central agencies
The central agencies employ a variety of people, including:
- lawyers and legal experts
- statisticians, accountants and researchers
- policy advisors and analysts
- project coordinators, human resources specialists and administrators.
Ngā painga o ngā pokapū mō Aotearoa How the central agencies benefit New Zealand
Working together, the sector ensures the machinery of government operates smoothly. Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand benefits from this work as it has a direct impact on the wellbeing of our communities and families.
Engaging with Māori, and making sure their voices are heard, means more people are involved in the decisions that affect them. In addition, the data collected by sector organisations is used to draft legislation and policies that affect our lives.
Ngā Pokapū Central agencies
These are the main Public Service central agencies.
Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) provides impartial advice and support services to the Prime Minister, Cabinet, and the Governor-General. It ensures ministers and Cabinet are supported by timely, well-informed advice. Its work helps the Public Service be more proactive and responsive to the people of New Zealand.
Rebecca Kitteridge, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua | Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Chief Executive
Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission provides leadership and oversight of the Public Service, ensuring that it works as one system to deliver better services and better outcomes for the public. It is responsible for appointing Public Service chief executives, issuing a code of conduct for public servants and supporting the performance of the Public Service.
Peter Hughes CNZM, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commissioner, Head of Service
Te Tai Ōhanga | The Treasury
Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury is the lead economic and financial adviser to the Government and steward of the public sector financial management and regulatory systems. The Treasury’s vision is to lift living standards for all New Zealanders. It provides advice to the Government on its overarching economic framework and fiscal strategy and how to achieve value for money from its investments. It is also responsible for publishing financial statements and economic and fiscal forecasts and ensuring effective management of the Crown’s assets and liabilities.
Dr Caralee McLiesh PSM, Te Tumu Whakarae mō Te Tai Ōhanga | Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Executive