A Profile of the Public Service of New Zealand

Current Good Practices and New Developments in Public Service Management

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Commonwealth member governments have been taking part in a unique mapping exercise, identifying the actual changes which have been made in some key areas of public service management. The Public Country Profile Series sets out the results of the mapping exercise, country by country, to provide an unprecedented insight into the real managerial and structural changes under way in the public service.

In providing some firm ground on which those public servants, both elected and appointed, who are faced with the challenge of public service reform can stand while assessing the options available, the Public Country Profile Series marks a milestone in the debate concerning the management of the public service.



Making Government More Efficient

Productivity improvement lies at the heart of virtually all the public sector reform measures that have been implemented over the past decade. The State Sector Act (1988) and the Public Finance Act (1989) were aimed at improving public sector performance as was the restructuring of the public sector into such new entities as State Owned Enterprises, Crown Agencies and Policy Ministries.


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