State Services Commission

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State Services Commission
Te Komihana O Ngā Tari Kāwanatanga
Agency overview
Formed 1913
Preceding agency
  • Public Service Commission
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters Lvl 10, Reserve Bank Bldg,
2 The Terrace,
Annual budget Vote State Services
Total budget for 2016/17
Minister responsible
Agency executive

The State Services Commission (SSC) (Māori: Te Komihana O Ngā Tari Kāwanatanga) is the central public service department of New Zealand charged with overseeing, managing, and improving the performance of the State sector of New Zealand and its organisations.

The SSC's official responsibilities, as defined by the State Sector Act 1988,[2] include:

  • appointing and reviewing Public Service chief executives,
  • promoting and developing senior leadership and management capability for the Public Service,
  • providing advice on the training and career development of staff in the Public Service,
  • reviewing the performance of each department,
  • providing advice on the allocation of functions to and between departments and other agencies,
  • providing advice on management systems, structures, and organisations in the Public Service and Crown entities,
  • promoting, developing, and monitoring equal employment opportunities policies and programmes, and
  • any other functions with respect to the administration and management of the Public Service, as directed by the Prime Minister.

The role of SSC, as described in the four year plan, is "to work with leaders across the State Services to change the way agencies think, organise and operate".[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Total Appropriations for Each Vote". 2016 Budget. The Treasury. 
  2. ^ "State Sector Act 1988". New Zealand Legislation. Parliamentary Counsel Office. 
  3. ^ "Four Year Plan 2015-2019". State Services Commission. 22 June 2015. 

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