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Statement of Performance Expectations 2015-16
This Statement of Performance Expectations supplements the Commission’s Statement of Intent 2014-2018. This document identifies how we will demonstrate progress, over a one-year period, toward our goal of lifting productivity and the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
We are an independent Crown entity with about $5 million funding per year and around 19 full-time equivalent staff members. Three part-time Commissioners lead and oversee our inquiry and research outputs, and also act as a governance board. Our work overall looks at whether the laws, regulations, institutions and policies that affect New Zealand’s productivity can be improved.
Lifting productivity is about generating more value from resources, such as from raw materials, skills and knowledge – and, as a result, creating more options for lifting the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
Our main role is conducting inquiries on topics that are set for us by the Government. Once set, we act independently and engage extensively with people interested in the work. We have two inquiries underway: the first of these, due for completion in August 2015, is looking at opportunities for improving how social services are provided to lift the wellbeing of New Zealanders; while the other, due for completion in September 2015, is considering issues related to increasing the supply of land for housing in New Zealand. The Government will confirm two new inquiry mandates during the year, with start dates likely in September and October 2015.
In addition to our inquiry work, we are also funded to undertake research and promote public understanding of productivity issues. As part of our research, we convene a Productivity Hub with other Government agencies to improve coordination of relevant research. We will be organising a productivity symposium at the start of December to further discuss productivity research.
We also have a strong focus on developing our organisational capability and are continually assessing our performance to ensure we are at the forefront of policy development and research related to our areas of work.