Kia ora kouto, welcome to the final Policy Buzz of 2018 and what a jam-packed year it has been! Have you been too focused on the upcoming few weeks off filled with barbeques to recall what’s gone on this year? Here’s a quick recap of the big issues in public sector this year.
2018 in Review
With the new coalition government having formed in late 2017, the implementation of Labour’s 100 Day Plan dominated at the start of 2018 with a lot of the subsequent policy and project work flowing right through the year.
A lot of their goals have focused heavily on social and environmental issues, with changes addressing family violence, mental illness, Kauri dieback, and M Bovis all very high on the agenda. Several commission enquiries were announced, including the high profile Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions.
Kiwibuild was launched, alongside several other housing policies, which lead to the establishment of Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the 1st of October. By all accounts, HUD is a thriving and busy new agency with a lot to deliver on in the coming year!
One of my personal favourites (if you hadn’t noticed), the State Sector and Crown Entities Reform Bill opened for submissions in August which has drawn some interesting discussion across the public sector about how this may affect the way government agencies collaborate and communicate. I’ll be keenly watching that space to see what comes about in the New Year!
And lastly, this month, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced The Wellbeing Budget and launched the Living Standards Framework, which will see every agency have to provide a cost benefit analysis against 1 of 4 deliverables for any future budget bids (amongst many other things). This will have flow-on effects right down how to new resources (aka contractors) are hired in the future.
There is a heavy amount of data provided on the website (some making for interesting reading, some a bit more difficult if you struggle with deciphering box and whisker graphs like me), alongside some policy analysis and CBAx tools to play around with if you’re that way inclined.
Of course there have been many, many other changes but far too many for me to summarise concisely!
All of the above are going to influence 2019’s public sector landscape and I for one am looking forward to seeing what’s next. Until next year, Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia! 🎄
Lisa Johnston - Senior Consultant | firstname.lastname@example.org