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Statement of Intent 2014-2019

People Have the Skills and Support to Participate in the Economy

What would success look like?

Public service agencies are working together to lift performance as demonstrated by the relevant Better Public Services (BPS) results.

Medium-term success:

  • Ninety-eight percent of children starting school in 2016 will have participated in high quality early childhood education.
  • Eighty-five percent of 18-year-olds have a National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 or equivalent qualification by 2017.
  • Fifty-five percent of 25-34-year-olds have a qualification at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 4 or above by 2017.
  • Reduce the number of people continuously receiving working-age benefits for more than 12 months by 30%.

Specific 2014/15 objectives:

  • Ministers have confidence that welfare and education expenditure is delivering value for money, and that opportunities for improving expenditure and improving outcomes through more co-ordinated intervention across the welfare, education, justice and health agencies are being acted on.
  • The Treasury, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) are working collaboratively together to lift the integration of skills development with labour market needs, including those of Māori and other priority groups.

The Treasury supports the implementation of interventions that reduce the long-term cost of welfare by enabling more people into paid work.

Medium-term success:

  • Number of households with no-one working is less than it was in Quarter Four 2007; less than 12.7% of households.

Specific 2014/15 objectives:

  • The Minister of Finance, the Work and Income Board and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) view the external monitoring role as robust and adding value.
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