Estimates of appropriations

Vote Statistics - Finance and Government Administration Sector - Estimates 2021/22

Vote Statistics#

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Minister of Statistics (M67)

DEPARTMENT ADMINISTERING THE VOTE: Statistics New Zealand (A38)

RESPONSIBLE MINISTER FOR STATISTICS NEW ZEALAND: Minister of Statistics

Overview of the Vote#

The Minister of Statistics is responsible for appropriations in Vote Statistics for the 2021/22 financial year covering the following:

  • a total of just under $69 million for the delivery of data and statistical information services relating to child poverty, population, environment, household economics, social conditions, and the labour market
  • a total of just under $60 million for the delivery of data and statistical information services relating to business and the economy
  • a total of just under $35 million for system leadership for data and analytics across the public sector, oversight of the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), statistical and data management advice, and the operation of access channels
  • a total of just over $42 million to prepare for the 2023 Census of Population and Dwellings
  • a total of just over $30 million for departmental capital expenditure
  • a total of nearly $5 million for Services to Other Agencies including lead agency in shared accommodation with other Crown tenants in Christchurch.

The Minister of Statistics is also responsible for a capital injection of just over $8 million to Stats NZ.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections#

Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations#

  2020/21 2021/22
Titles and Scopes of Appropriations by Appropriation Type Final
Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Services to Other Agencies RDA (M67) (A38)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of services by Stats NZ to other agencies, where those services are not within the scope of another departmental output expense appropriation in Vote Statistics.
3,617 3,617 4,838

Total Departmental Output Expenses

3,617 3,617 4,838

Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Statistics New Zealand - Capital Expenditure PLA (M67) (A38)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase or development of assets by and for the use of Statistics New Zealand, as authorised by section 24(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989.
24,367 24,367 30,100

Total Departmental Capital Expenditure

24,367 24,367 30,100

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

     

Official Statistics MCA (M67) (A38)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to ensure availability, and promote the use, of the highest priority data and official statistical information to add value to decision making.
154,581 154,581 163,114

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Economic and Business Data and Statistical Information Services

This category is limited to the delivery of data and statistical information services relating to business and the economy.
55,412 55,412 59,743

Population, Social and Labour Market Data and Statistical Information Services

This category is limited to delivery of data and statistical information services relating to the population, household economics, social conditions (including child poverty), the labour market, and the environment.
62,658 62,658 68,940

Stewardship of Government Data and Statistical Leadership

This category is limited to coordination of statistical and data services for government, through System Leadership of the Official Statistics System (OSS) and Stewardship of the Government Data System; statistical and data management advice; provision of access to official statistics; oversight of the IDI; and the provision of ministerial services.
36,511 36,511 34,431

Total Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

154,581 154,581 163,114

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations

182,565 182,565 198,052

Multi-Year Appropriations#

Type, Title, Scope and Period of Appropriations Appropriations, Adjustments and Use $000

Departmental Output Expenses

   

2023 Census of Population and Dwellings (M67) (A38)

This appropriation is limited to completing the 2018 Census, conducting the 2023 Census, and the administration and management of the on-going census programme, as required under the Statistics Act 1975.

Commences: 01 July 2019

Expires: 30 June 2024
Original Appropriation 16,120
Adjustments to 2019/20 199,500
Adjustments for 2020/21 14,080
Adjusted Appropriation 229,700
Actual to 2019/20 Year End 13,987
Estimated Actual for 2020/21 39,533
Estimate for 2021/22 42,270
Estimated Appropriation Remaining 133,910

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations#

  2020/21 2021/22
  Final
Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations 182,565 182,565 198,052
Total Forecast MYA Departmental Output Expenses 39,533 39,533 42,270

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations

222,098 222,098 240,322

Capital Injection Authorisations#

  2020/21 2021/22
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Statistics New Zealand - Capital Injection (M67) (A38) 4,628 4,628 8,147

Supporting Information#

Part 1 - Vote as a Whole#

1.1 - New Policy Initiatives#

Policy Initiative Appropriation 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
2021/22
Budget
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000
2024/25
Estimated
$000
Securing the immediate and long-term sustainability of New Zealand's official statistics

Official Statistics MCA

Departmental Output Expense
- 6,620 5,290 8,170 -
Iwi-led data collection for 2023 Census

2023 Census of Population and Dwellings MYA

Departmental Output Expense
- 4,870 6,500 2,710 -
Total Initiatives   - 11,490 11,790 10,880 -

Summary of Financial Activity

  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25
  Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Departmental
Transactions
Budget
$000
Non-
Departmental
Transactions
Budget
$000
Total
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000

Appropriations

                       
Output Expenses 22,541 69,883 17,442 16,052 43,150 43,150 47,108 - 47,108 98,722 45,118 54,732
Benefits or Related Expenses - - - - - - N/A - - - - -
Borrowing Expenses - - - - - - - - - - - -
Other Expenses - - - - - - - - - - - -
Capital Expenditure 12,558 5,329 5,267 7,379 24,367 24,367 30,100 - 30,100 12,300 8,500 8,500
Intelligence and Security Department Expenses and Capital Expenditure - - - - - - - N/A - - - -
Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure (MCA)                        
Output Expenses 121,192 127,092 137,327 134,784 154,581 154,581 163,114 - 163,114 167,453 170,270 162,095
Other Expenses - - - - - - - - - - - -
Capital Expenditure - - - - - - N/A - - - - -

Total Appropriations

156,291 202,304 160,036 158,215 222,098 222,098 240,322 - 240,322 278,475 223,888 225,327

Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

                       
Tax Revenue - - - - - - N/A - - - - -
Non-Tax Revenue - - - - - - N/A - - - - -
Capital Receipts - - - - - - N/A - - - - -

Total Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

- - - - - - N/A - - - - -

Note - where restructuring of the vote has occurred then, to the extent practicable, prior years information has been restated as if the restructuring had occurred before the beginning of the period covered. In this instance Total Appropriations for the Budgeted and Estimated Actual year may not equal Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations in the Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections.

Adjustments to the Summary of Financial Activity Table Due to Vote Restructuring

There have been no restructuring adjustments to prior year information in the Summary of Financial Activity table.

Departmental Output Expenses

Expenditure on departmental output expenses has increased from $16.052 million in 2019/20 to $43.150 million in 2020/21. The budgeted amount then increases to $47.108 million in 2021/22. The fluctuations in expenditure are mainly due to increasing costs in 2020/21 and 2021/22 for preparations of the 2023 Census of Population and Dwellings.

The 2020/21 Budget comprises the second year of the 2023 Census ($39.533 million) and Services to Other Agencies ($3.617 million). The 2021/22 Budget comprises the third year of the 2023 Census Multi-Year Appropriation ($42.270 million) and Services to Other Agencies ($4.838 million).

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure (MCA)

Expenditure for the Multi-Category Appropriation has increased from $134.784 million in 2019/20 to an estimated amount of $154.581 million in 2020/21 and a budget of $163.114 million in 2021/22.

The increase of $8.533 million between 2020/21 and 2021/22 is primarily due to:

  • new funding for "securing the immediate and long-term sustainability of New Zealand's official statistics" ($6.620 million)
  • an increase in 2021/22 of $4.700 million to ensure that Stats NZ can maintain current products and services, including maintaining "Statistical Products and Services, Data Services and Data System Leadership"
  • additional funding for the Persistent Child Poverty Measure programme ($3.530 million)
  • a decrease for one off 2020/21 COVID-19 Statistical Challenges funding ($2.855 million)
  • a decrease due to the reduction of the capital charge ($43,000).

There are also a number of other changes which are detailed in Part 4 under Reasons for Changes in Appropriation.

The increase of $4.339 million in 2022/23 from 2021/22 is primarily due to the net effect funding for "Maintaining Statistical Products and Services, Data Services and Data System Leadership" (an increase of $6.100 million) and the Persistent Child Poverty Measure programme (an increase of $510,000) offset by the cessation of funding for "Securing the immediate and long-term sustainability of New Zealand's official statistics" (a decrease of $1.330 million) and the cyclical Household Economic Survey programme (a decrease of $853,000).

Part 2 - Details of Departmental Appropriations#

2.1 - Departmental Output Expenses#

2023 Census of Population and Dwellings (M67) (A38)

Scope of Appropriation and Expenses
Type, Title, Scope and Period of Appropriations Appropriations, Adjustments and Use $000

2023 Census of Population and Dwellings (M67) (A38)

This appropriation is limited to completing the 2018 Census, conducting the 2023 Census, and the administration and management of the on-going census programme, as required under the Statistics Act 1975.

Commences: 01 July 2019

Expires: 30 June 2024
Original Appropriation 16,120
Adjustments to 2019/20 199,500
Adjustments for 2020/21 14,080
Adjusted Appropriation 229,700
Actual to 2019/20 Year End 13,987
Estimated Actual for 2020/21 39,533
Estimate for 2021/22 42,270
Estimated Appropriation Remaining 133,910
Revenue
  Budget
$000
Revenue from the Crown to end of 2021/22 95,790
Revenue from Others to end of 2021/22 -
Total Revenue 95,790
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the management and conduct of New Zealand's 2023 Census of Population and Dwellings and the completion of the 2018 Census.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Measures and baseline to be developed. As part of Census planning, Stats NZ will develop Census performance measures that are appropriate for the Census design and methods to be used in the 2023 Census.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
2021/22
Budget
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000
2024/25
Estimated
$000
Iwi-led data collection for 2023 Census 2021/22 - 4,870 6,500 2,710 -
New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings - Complete the 2018 Census and Commence the 2023 Census 2019/20 39,533 37,400 87,300 37,400 -

Services to Other Agencies RDA (M67) (A38)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the provision of services by Stats NZ to other agencies, where those services are not within the scope of another departmental output expense appropriation in Vote Statistics.
Expenses and Revenue
  2020/21 2021/22
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 3,617 3,617 4,838
Revenue from Others 3,617 3,617 4,838
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the provision of shared services with other government agencies for the efficient and effective management of the Crown estate, such as the provision of shared accommodation in Christchurch.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2020/21 2021/22
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The provision of shared services with other government agencies

Provision of shared services to agreed standard Achieved Provision of shared services to agreed standard
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by Stats NZ in its 2021/22 Annual Report.

2.3 - Departmental Capital Expenditure and Capital Injections#

Statistics New Zealand - Capital Expenditure PLA (M67) (A38)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the purchase or development of assets by and for the use of Statistics New Zealand, as authorised by section 24(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989.
Capital Expenditure
  2020/21 2021/22
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Forests/Agricultural - - -
Land - - -
Property, Plant and Equipment 14,120 14,121 23,000
Intangibles 10,247 10,246 7,100
Other - - -

Total Appropriation

24,367 24,367 30,100
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to invest in the renewal, upgrade and redesign of assets that support the delivery of Stats NZ's services.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2020/21 2021/22
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Infrastructure projects support Stats NZ's strategic vision and business processes, including, but not limited to: 8 Willis St accommodation and electronic equipment refresh

Projects delivered on time and within budget IT refresh delivered on time and within budget Projects delivered on time and within budget
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by Stats NZ in its 2021/22 Annual Report.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase of $5.733 million in this appropriation is mainly due to the new capital work to be done in order to deliver the next census of population and dwellings in 2023 and to conduct Stats NZ's new Wellington office fitout.

Capital Injections and Movements in Departmental Net Assets
Statistics New Zealand
Details of Net Asset Schedule 2020/21
Estimated Actual
$000
2021/22
Projected
$000
Explanation of Projected Movements in 2021/22
Opening Balance 74,418 79,046  
Capital Injections 4,628 8,147 The capital injection for 2021/22 relates to 2023 Census capital programmeof $4.100 million and a transfer of $4.047 million from 2020/21 while future capital and "as-a-service" options are reviewed.
Capital Withdrawals - -  
Surplus to be Retained (Deficit Incurred) - -  
Other Movements - -  

Closing Balance

79,046 87,193  

Part 4 - Details of Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure#

4 - Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure#

Official Statistics (M67) (A38)

Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to ensure availability, and promote the use, of the highest priority data and official statistical information to add value to decision making.
Scope of Appropriation
Departmental Output Expenses
Economic and Business Data and Statistical Information Services
This category is limited to the delivery of data and statistical information services relating to business and the economy.

Population, Social and Labour Market Data and Statistical Information Services
This category is limited to delivery of data and statistical information services relating to the population, household economics, social conditions (including child poverty), the labour market, and the environment.

Stewardship of Government Data and Statistical Leadership
This category is limited to coordination of statistical and data services for government, through System Leadership of the Official Statistics System (OSS) and Stewardship of the Government Data System; statistical and data management advice; provision of access to official statistics; oversight of the IDI; and the provision of ministerial services.
Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2020/21 2021/22
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

154,581 154,581 163,114

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Economic and Business Data and Statistical Information Services 55,412 55,412 59,743
Population, Social and Labour Market Data and Statistical Information Services 62,658 62,658 68,940
Stewardship of Government Data and Statistical Leadership 36,511 36,511 34,431

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

146,568 146,568 155,101
Economic and Business Data and Statistical Information Services 51,503 51,503 55,834
Population, Social and Labour Market Data and Statistical Information Services 59,714 59,714 65,996
Stewardship of Government Data and Statistical Leadership 35,351 35,351 33,271

Revenue from Others

8,013 8,013 8,013
Economic and Business Data and Statistical Information Services 3,909 3,909 3,909
Population, Social and Labour Market Data and Statistical Information Services 2,944 2,944 2,944
Stewardship of Government Data and Statistical Leadership 1,160 1,160 1,160
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the outcome of ensuring decision makers have the right data to make the right decisions by adding value to New Zealand's most important data. Stats NZ will do this by engaging with our customers and developing partnerships with Iwi to ensure we are meeting their data needs. We will also be working to build trust with New Zealanders through operating in an open and transparent manner.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation
  2020/21 2021/22
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of key customers that perceive statistics help them make informed decisions

85% 85% 85%

The percentage of positive responses to pop-up question on Stats NZ's website 'did you find what you were looking for?' (see Note 1)

60% 45% 60%

The percentage of positive responses to pop-up question on Stats NZ's website 'how easy the information was to understand?'

60% 55% 60%

The percentage of Stats NZ's published data available at Level 3 open data standard (see Note 2)

96% 91% 96%

Development of the Data Investment Plan (DIP)

Plan to be prioritised and agreed by Cabinet Not Achieved (see Note 3) Plan to be prioritised and agreed by Cabinet

Note 1 - The Stats NZ website is a key channel for our customers. Stats NZ surveys our customers' views on the accessibility and usefulness of the products and services available on the website.

Note 2 - Published data is meeting 96% of the level 3 of the open data standard. Open data is data anyone can use and share. Open data from Stats NZ meets the first three of the five levels of the standard:

  • Level 1 Data is visible, licensed for reuse, but requires considerable effort to reuse (On the web with an open license).
  • Level 2 Data is visible, licensed, and easy to reuse, but not necessarily by all (Machine-readable data).
  • Level 3 Data is visible and easy to reuse by all (Not restricted to using specific software, non-proprietary formats).

Note 3 - Cabinet is expected to endorse the policy mandate this year. The prioritised plan will go to Cabinet in the 2021/22 year.

What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed
  2020/21 2021/22
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Economic and Business Data and Statistical Information Services

     

This category is intended to achieve statistical releases that are free of significant errors, meet response and release dates.

     
How performance will be assessed:
     

Number of statistical releases (see Note 1)

140 209 140
Statistical releases are free from such significant error that they require a public correction notice to be published:
     

Free from significant errors

99% 100% 99%

Percentage of statistical releases published on the advertised date as per the release calendar available on Stats NZ website (see Note 2)

100% 100% 100%
Enabling New Zealand businesses to benefit from new technologies:
     

The percentage of businesses that chose to provide Stats NZ data in digital format

25% 40% 25%

The number of Stats NZ run surveys that are completed online (economic)

1 8 1

Population, Social and Labour Market Data and Statistical Information Services

     

This category is intended to achieve statistical releases that are free of significant errors, meet response and release dates.

     
How performance will be assessed:
     

Number of statistical releases (see Note 1)

66 130 66
Statistical releases are free from such significant error that they require a public correction notice to be published:
     

Free from significant errors

99% 99% 99%

Percentage of statistical releases published on or before the date specified in the published release calendar on Stats NZ website (see Note 2)

100% 98% 100%
Enabling New Zealanders through digital inclusion:
     

The percentage of households and individuals that chose to provide Stats NZ data in digital format (see Note 3)

20% 0 20%

The number of Stats NZ run surveys that are completed online (social) (see Note 3)

1 0 1

Stewardship of Government Data and Statistical Leadership

     

This category is intended to achieve leadership of the New Zealand data ecosystem, facilitation of awareness and use of statistical information and the provision of effective and efficient ministerial services to enable Ministers to discharge their statistics portfolio responsibilities.

     
How performance will be assessed:
     
Assisted advisory services including:
     

Social Licence: Statistics Social Licence: Stats NZ maintains the support of its stakeholders as a trusted steward of the New Zealand's data and information

85% Outcome is unknown pending annual survey Removed Measure (see Note 4)

Approved/in progress research project applications for the Data Lab

125 350 125

The number of users authorised to access microdata

900 780 900

Open datasets released on data.govt.nz by government agencies

Govt datasets are entered into data.govt.nz Achieved-at March 21 total data sets exceed 27,600 Govt datasets are entered into data.govt.nz

Build visibility of the GCDS

Role of GCDS is recognised across Government Outcome is unknown pending annual Customer Survey Role of GCDS is recognised across Government

Requests for customised data

600 550 600
Percentage of requests completed within either specified or statutory timeframes
     

Parliamentary Questions

95% 100% 95%

Ministerial briefings

95% 94.5% 95%

Minister's Official Information Act 1982 requests (see Note 5)

95% 100% 95%

Note 1 - The number of releases for both statistical information service categories are provisional at the time of the publication of the Estimates. A difference between budgeted and actual numbers is a common occurrence as new surveys are started while others are stopped every year. The much higher Estimated Actual is due to the addition of weekly releases subsequent to the setting of the Final Budgeted Standard.

Note 2 - A data release is timely if it is available to customers within the period in which it remains useful. Planned timeliness is a design decision, based on trade-offs with accuracy, response rates and cost. The calendar of release dates for periodical statistical releases is published on the Stats NZ website at least six months in advance, and the achievement of the planned release dates is monitored as a timeliness performance measure.

Note 3 - This measure relates to the number of responses from households and individuals as a signal of digital inclusion and wellbeing as per the Digital Inclusion 2019 Action Plan - Government Chief Digital Officer.

Note 4 - During 2021/2022 Stats NZ will design a new method or tool, including proof of concept, to measure public and community trust and confidence in relation to emerging data collection and use issues across the system. This new measure will appear in the 2022/23 Estimates of Appropriation.

Note 5 - OIA requests to the Minister of Statistics for which Stats NZ provides information.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Final performance information for this appropriation will be reported by Stats NZ in its 2021/22 Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
2021/22
Budget
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000
2024/25
Estimated
$000
Securing the immediate and long-term sustainability of New Zealand's official statistics 2021/22 - 6,620 5,290 8,170 -
Persistent Child Poverty Measure 2020/21 2,260 5,790 6,300 6,250 6,250
Maintaining Statistical Products and Services, Data Services and Data System Leadership 2019/20 35,000 39,700 45,800 45,800 45,800
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The $8.533 million increase in this appropriation for 2021/22 is mainly due to a combination of:

  • an increase of $6.620 million for "securing the immediate and long-term sustainability of New Zealand's official statistics"
  • an increase of $4.700 million for "Maintaining Statistical Products and Services, Data Services and Data System Leadership"
  • an increase of $3.530 million for the Persistent Child Poverty Measure Programme
  • an increase of $826,000 for the cyclical Household Economic Survey
  • a decrease of $3.445 million for the one-off project underspends transfer from 2019/20 to 2020/21 due to the impact of COVID-19 in 2019/20
  • a decrease of $2.855 million for one off COVID-19 Statistical Challenges funding in 2020/21
  • a decrease of $400,000 for the Continuation of the Population and Social Statistics Programme
  • a decrease of $400,000 for Financial Flows & Balance Sheets
  • a decrease of $43,000 due to the reduction of the capital charge.