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Policy Advice and Support Services (M52)

Overarching Purpose Statement

The overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice to support decision-making by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet and provide support services to the Prime Minister, Cabinet and its committees, the Executive Council, and the Governor General.

Scope of Appropriation

Departmental Output Expenses

National Security Priorities and Intelligence Coordination
This category is limited to leadership and coordination around national security matters, leading collaboration within the New Zealand intelligence community and providing intelligence assessments to support national security priorities.
Policy Advice - Prime Minister and Cabinet
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.
Science Advisory Committee
This category is limited to the purchase of high-quality scientific advice to the Prime Minister.
Support Services to the Governor-General and Maintenance of the Official Residences
This category is limited to financial, administrative, communications and advisory services for the Governor-General; and services to maintain the Governor-General's residences.
Support, Secretariat and Coordination Services
This category is limited to the provision of services to Ministers to enable them to discharge their portfolio (other than policy decision-making) responsibilities including support for the coordination of the Government's legislation programme; secretariat services to the Executive Council, Cabinet and its committees; and administration of the New Zealand Honours system.

Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure

2015/16
Estimates
$000
Supplementary Estimates
$000
Total
$000

Total Appropriation

25,4552,51827,973

Departmental Output Expenses

National Security Priorities and Intelligence Coordination8,870(36)8,834
Policy Advice - Prime Minister and Cabinet4,1312,6806,811
Science Advisory Committee525200725
Support Services to the Governor-General and Maintenance of the Official Residences4,139(131)4,008
Support, Secretariat and Coordination Services7,790(195)7,595

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

Revenue from the Crown

25,4251,59827,023
National Security Priorities and Intelligence Coordination8,870(386)8,484
Policy Advice - Prime Minister and Cabinet4,1312,2206,351
Science Advisory Committee525150675
Support Services to the Governor-General and Maintenance of the Official Residences4,109(131)3,978
Support, Secretariat and Coordination Services7,790(255)7,535

Revenue from Others

30920950
National Security Priorities and Intelligence Coordination-350350
Policy Advice - Prime Minister and Cabinet-460460
Science Advisory Committee-5050
Support Services to the Governor-General and Maintenance of the Official Residences30-30
Support, Secretariat and Coordination Services-6060

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $2.518 million to $27.973 million for 2015/16 due to:

  • $1.100 million transfers from 2014/15 due to delays in projects and uncertainties around timing of expenditure for the Policy Project leadership assessments, Central Agencies Shared Services (CASS), the high-side upgrade, and to support health and safety compliance relating to CERA transition plan
  • $1 million transfer from 2014/15 as a result of timing changes in expenditure for the CabNet project
  • $600,000 to reflect recoveries of secondment costs
  • $350,000 funding for Better Public Services seed funding towards the development of a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • $320,000 to reflect revenue received from other Departments relating to the Policy Project and the Science Advisory Committee
  • $120,000 transfer of funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for the Science Advisory Committee's new funding arrangements under the revised Memorandum of Understanding
  • $30,000 transfer from Policy Advisory and Support Services multi-category appropriation, category Science Advisory Committee

partially offset by a reduction due to:

  • $913,000 to provide for a fiscally neutral transfer to the Emergency Management multi-category appropriation, and
  • $89,000 contribution to the Systems Package.
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