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Media Advisory: Registration to attend media briefing on the second annual administrative and support services benchmarking report (embargoed)

28 Feb 2012

On Wednesday, 7 March, the Treasury will release the second annual administrative & support (A&S) services benchmarking report, which provides findings of the cost, efficiency and effectiveness of A&S services across the State sector.

Journalists are requested to register their interest to attend a briefing on the results prior to the lifting of the embargo on the report. The briefing, on Wednesday 7 March, will be led by Treasury Deputy Chief Executive Andrew Kibblewhite. There will be an opportunity for journalists to have their questions answered. If you, or a colleague from your media organisation, plan to attend the briefing, it is critical that you register your interest by RSVP by 5pm Tuesday, 6 March, because pre-registration is required to enter Reserve Bank rooms.

WHAT: The Administrative and Support Services Benchmarking Report for 2010/11, and associated press conference, are being released under embargo

WHERE: Function Room, Level 2, Reserve Bank, No. 2 The Terrace

WHO: Andrew Kibblewhite, Deputy Chief Executive of the Treasury.

WHEN: 12.30-1.30pm on Wednesday 7 March 2012

EMBARGO: Contents of report and the media briefing are not for communicating in any form prior to the lifting of the embargo at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 7 March 2012

RSVP by 5pm on Tuesday, 6 March to Mel.Hodgkinson@treasury.govt.nz

Note:  No electric power points or external lines are supplied.

BACKGROUND: The report is the second annual A&S service benchmarking report for the NZ State sector, which provides findings based on data from two reporting periods (FY 2009/10 and FY 2010/11). The report provides information on the cost, efficiency, and effectiveness of A&S services in the State sector, and results cover six A&S service functions across 31 agencies (departments and crown entities with more than 250 FTEs). A key part of delivering better public services for New Zealanders is ensuring taxpayers’ money is not unnecessarily spent on back-office administration and by tracking changes each year.

The report identifies significant opportunities to lift performance to realise efficiency gains in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

The report is an important step towards transparency and future reports will keep an eye on how the State sector is tracking on the goal of reducing costs and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of A&S services for the NZ State sector.

Last year’s report at: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/statesector/performance/bass/benchmarking

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