A better public sector

One of the PSA’s four strategic goals is, by 2020, we will have a reformed public sector and that the value of public services and publicly funded services will be recognised by the public, political parties, employers and commentators.

The PSA is an active voice on state sector reform.

In 2014 we held a series of lectures and and published an e-book advocating for reform:  Rethinking the State Sector Act, 2014.

We made a submission on the Local Government Act 2012 Amendment Bill.

The 2012 State Sector Public Finance Reform Bill made what the State Services Commissioner has referred to as “once in a generation” changes to the State Sector Act. Read the PSA submission here.

In 2011, the PSA presented to the Better Public Services Advisory Group.  here is our Presentation chart and Presentation paper. 

In 2009 and 2010, in response to the Global Financial Crisis and austerity agenda of the government we published a discussion paper for PSA members – State of the Future – strong public services for tough times and commissioned Why We Need Public Spending from David Hall of Greenwich University.

In 2008, at the After the Reforms conference, PSA national secretary Brenda Pilott and policy advisor Glenn Barclay presented a paper on the effects of the construct of the public service chief executive as the employer in the State Sector Act.

In 2006 the PSA commissioned the UK-based independent think tank Demos to develop a vision for public services in the future.  Read Reimagining Government – putting people at the heart of New Zealand’s Public Sector.

The PSA also commissioned David Coats of the UK’s Work Foundation to explore Harvard Kennedy School Professor Mark Moore’s concept of public value – Reviving the Public – a new governance and management model for public services.


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Public sector gender pay gap may be improving – but still much work to do

A slight decrease in the gender pay gap is heartening, but it’s too early to break out the champagne, the PSA says.

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News from the PSA. Underfunding: The view from the frontline
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Underfunding: The view from the frontline

Cuts to social services make it impossible for PSA members to do their jobs.

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News from the PSA. Trust and Transparency in Government
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Trust and Transparency in Government

At a time when the public’s trust in government, institutions and the media is at a record-low, the push for transparency and protections for whistleblowers is vital.

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Concern for Inland Revenue staff as restructure details announced

In July of this year, details were finally announced on Inland Revenue’s proposed restructure, which could affect the roles of up to 4000 staff.

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News from the PSA. Serious concerns for staff at IR
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Serious concerns for staff at IR

The PSA raised serious concerns for staff at Inland Revenue this month following the release of the agency’s final decision document on its proposed Business Transformation Programme.

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Election year budget “like giving a starving dog a rubber bone” – PSA

Steven Joyce’s first budget is a predictable election year bribe that which will do as little for low-income families as it will for public services, says the PSA.

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