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Statement of Intent 2015-2019

People have the capability and opportunities to participate in society and the economy

What we intend to achieve

  • Public service agencies work together to lift their performance and this is demonstrated by the relevant Better Public Services (BPS) results.
  • Data and information tools are being delivered progressively and applied systematically to substantially lift performance, following a clear social investment approach.
  • Specific intentions include:
  • social service systems are effective in enabling people to contribute to a prosperous, sustainable and inclusive society and the economy
  • the costs of social service are rebalanced away from support towards enabling interventions, and
  • public sector leadership, management and innovation provides services and support that people need, when they need it.

What success will look like

  • 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.
  • The number of people continuously receiving working-age benefits has reduced by 25% and the long-term cost of benefit dependency has reduced by $13 billion (as measured by an accumulated Actuarial Release) by June 2018.
  • The number of households with no-one working is less than it was in Quarter Four 2007; less than 12.7% of households.
  • The violent crime rate has reduced by 20% by 2017, the youth crime rate has reduced by 25% by 2017 and the total recorded crime rate has reduced by 20% by 2018. Reoffending has reduced by 25% by 2017.

What we will do to achieve this

  • Provide integrated citizen-centred advice on how to, and support agencies in achieving a lift in, the skill outcomes from early childhood education, schooling and tertiary education, and how to support labour market outcomes for migration and welfare support.
  • Provide advice on how to improve the contribution of skills to the economy.
  • Manage the continued implementation of the investment approach across social services.
  • Support greater use of administrative data to improve services to identify where opportunities exist for increasing the impact of government interventions in social service delivery.
  • Develop strategies for supporting inclusive growth including addressing regulation of labour market settings and reducing variations in regional underemployment.
  • Support the justice sector to adopt an investment approach to reducing the harm associated with crime.
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