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Sector Overview - Justice Sector

Sector Overview Statement

Government priorities relevant to the justice sector

The justice sector contributes to the Government’s priorities, particularly responsibly managing government’s finances, delivering better public services, and rebuilding Christchurch.

How we will deliver on Government priorities

The justice sector is guided by a Four-year Plan to enable a co-ordinated approach in achieving the sector’s overarching goal of a safe and just society.

Five strategic priorities are identified in the Justice Sector Four-year Plan:

  • Reducing harm
  • Reducing volume
  • Improving services
  • Maintaining institutions, and
  • Managing investment.

These strategic priorities are supported by a cross-agency work programme, including a small number of focus areas to optimise sector effort and investment decisions over the coming years, including delivering the investment approach to justice.

Achieving these priorities will mean that New Zealanders experience less crime, justice services are modern and fit for purpose, and activities are carefully prioritised to maximise benefits within available funding.

The Justice Sector Leadership Board - comprising the Ministry of Justice, Department of Corrections, New Zealand Police, Crown Law and Serious Fraud Office - leads the strategic alignment and integrated service delivery across justice sector agencies.

The Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct is a significant investment in the Christchurch rebuild that brings together justice sector agencies and civil defence and emergency management functions in one location.

How we will measure our performance

The justice sector is committed to meeting the targets set for the Better Public Services result areas 7 and 8 that specifically relate to the justice sector:

  • Result area 7: Reducing the rates of total crime, youth crime, and violent crime, and
  • Result area 8: Reducing reoffending.

The justice sector agencies produce the justice sector quarterly performance report, which covers progress against result areas 7 and 8 and other key performance indicators for the sector (including youth justice). The report assists the sector to monitor the collective impact of agencies’ initiatives and progress towards meeting the Better Public Services targets.

Social Sector Overview Statement

Vote Corrections, Vote Courts, Vote Justice and Vote Police in this volume are part of the Social Sector, which also includes Vote Education (in volume 2), Vote Health (in volume 6), Vote Maori Development and Vote Pacific Peoples (both in volume 8) and Vote Building and Housing and Vote Social Development (both in volume 10).

Government Priorities for the Social Sector

Agencies within the social sector deal with some of the most complex issues facing New Zealand today. In order to respond, agencies deliver a wide range of services to New Zealanders including universal services and services targeted at individuals, families and communities with complex needs that are met by a number of agencies.

The Social Sector delivers improved social outcomes for New Zealanders through the delivery of better public services.  There are two main mechanisms through which the delivery of better public services is being driven:

  • Better Public Services Results, and
  • a Social Sector Investment Approach.

In order to prioritise resources and outcomes, four focus areas for the sector have been agreed:

  • focus on the small proportion of New Zealanders for whom joint action is required
  • develop and implement the Social Sector Investment Framework - including data and analytics
  • assess progress against government targets and take joint action where necessary
  • advise on structural arrangements to support collective social sector action.

How we will Deliver on Government Priorities

To work towards the focus areas Social Sector agencies will develop joint activities and interventions as required. These will focus on delivering sustainable results focused on vulnerable and/or high risk New Zealanders. Examples of existing cross agency work include the Social Sector Trials, Children’s Teams/the Children’s Action Plan, Whanau Ora and cross government streamlined contracts.

The Social Sector also aims to bring together the extended views of agencies within the sector, for example Education brings together the views of the tertiary, primary and pre-school sectors. This helps ensure there is a high level of collaboration amongst sector agencies, focusing on interdependencies, linkages, results and identifying efficiencies.

Social Sector agencies are also working together in the Social Investment Unit (SIU). The SIU is working towards creating a social investment system that takes a population-centred approach to investment. Using data and analytics, the system will provide a common basis for social sector agencies to identify shared populations of interest, set clear outcomes for those populations and measure how effective the services are that they receive.

The Social Sector is continuing to support the building of the tools and infrastructure required to deliver results focused on vulnerable and high risk populations. This includes the development of the data infrastructure, investment tools, and evaluation methods needed; as well as the necessary support for effective implementation.

The Social Sector has an on-going focus on delivery of the Government’s priorities for better public services. This includes joint accountability for achieving Better Public Services Result Areas 1-4: Long-term welfare dependence; early childhood education participation; infant immunisation and rheumatic fever; assaults on children.  

How we will Measure Performance

The Government has challenged the Social Sector to achieve better results. To deliver on expectations, agencies have a clear focus on priorities across the sector. In addition to delivering against the Better Public Service targets, the following priority areas have been identified by the sector to support the work of agencies and support collaboration and collective impact:

  • data integration and analytics
  • service and planning integration and the use of local decision making
  • a continued focus on a shared set of results
  • exploring making investment decisions as a sector.

In addition to formal collective responsibilities for the Better Public Service target areas, social sector agencies are continuing to change the way they work together. They aim to provide joined-up responses and co-ordinated services to get better results for individuals, families and communities.


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