Wellbeing Framework – What is it? Who owns it? How does it affect me?

Kia ora koutou. I’m back again with my fortnightly policy buzz - a fortnightly snapshot of hot topics in the Public Sector, and a forum to share your thoughts and ideas on how these issues affect you and your work within government.


Wellbeing Framework – What is it? Who owns it? How does it affect me?

I’ll start this article off by saying the idea to write about this fortnight’s topic wasn’t all mine; during The Johnson Group’s quarterly Contractor Club event, our excellent guest speaker Hillary Bryan, Director at The Training Practice, mentioned the upcoming December launch of the Wellbeing Framework. This got me thinking – How is this going to affect your work in the public sector? 


I guess IPANZ was thinking the same thing this month because at the time of drafting this article, their latest issue of Public Sector Journal arrived on my desk and whaddayaknow? The Wellbeing Framework is their cover story! Great minds think alike, eh? But seriously, they have some very interesting content in there and it would be well worth a read.


Anyway, Grant Robertson has said at the half yearly opening of the books in December, The Treasury would release a dashboard of indicators showing the current wellbeing of the country. The Treasury has created a Living Standards Framework to better support effective public policy and assist in the creation of what is being dubbed the Wellbeing Budget for 2019.


Sound familiar?  In 2013, Bill English’s National government released the '10 Results' which the Labour/NZ First Coalition Government has built off and refined into what we see today. If you compare these proposals side-by-side, you can see the Wellbeing Framework is trying to address the wider societal issues in which these problems stem from, whereas (in my opinion) the predecessor did not.


What does this mean for you as a Public Servant? 

If you’ve been following the Policy Buzz the past few weeks you may have noticed me harping on about cross-agency collaboration. It’s a hot topic. Everyone wants it and everyone wants someone who can lead it. Pretty much any way the government goes about implementing this framework will require a high level of cross-agency collaboration, and could see roles being created within departments and projects for people to lead this. Whether they’re seconded from The Treasury or other departments - or brought in on a contract basis to run this - we don’t really know. But whatever happens, there will most likely be changes which affect you.

It will be interesting to see how this framework is received. It’s currently receiving mixed feedback in the press depending on which side of the political fence you choose. Most people I’ve spoken to who work in the public sector are intrigued, but waiting to see what happens. Will it be more of the same? Or is this really going to shake up working environments and teams across the public sector? I guess only time will tell - and I for one am looking forward to the announcement next month (it's December already tomorrow!).


What do you think about the Framework? 

Do you think this is going to change the way you work – either as a contractor or a permanent employee? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei, enjoy the well deserved sunshine!  

Lisa Johnston - Senior Consultant | 


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