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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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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State Services Commission inquiry "an important step towards restoring faith"

The PSA welcomes the State Services Commission’s decision to hold an inquiry into treatment of whistleblowers at the Ministry of Transport.

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Proposed closure of ACC call centres "disappointing" - PSA

PSA members are surprised and disappointed at the Accident Compensation Corporation’s proposals to close two call centres in Auckland and Wellington.

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PSA supports independent inquiry into Ministry of Transport fraud

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi supports calls for an independent inquiry into how the Ministry of Transport handled a fraudulent employee.

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PSA welcomes independent review into MSD data system

The PSA welcomes the independent review of the Ministry of Social Development’s individual client level data IT system, announced today by Minister Anne Tolley.

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