The Wellbeing Budget

Investing in New Zealand

Initiatives: Maintaining and investing in public services, part 2

Health Workforce Training and Development to Benefit Rural and Regional Areas

$18.3 million operating
This initiative increases the size of the health workforce, focusing on rural and regional areas. This will be done by supporting new health professionals into the health system by providing post-graduate training and support.

Holidays Act 2003 Compliance: Payroll System for the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

$12.9 million operating
$2.7 million capital

This initiative will enable the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to comply with its legislative requirements under the Holidays Act 2003 and to operate more economically by funding MBIE to replace its existing 20 year old payroll system with a modern, cloud-based payroll system.

Implementing the Electronic Travel Authority

$54.6 million operating
$21.8 million capital

This initiative implements a new electronic form that collects information from most visa-waiver travellers (including cruise passengers) before travel and enables the collection of the International Visitor Levy from liable visitors. Electronic Travel Authorities will be current for two years. Operating funding for this initiative is offset by third party revenue.

Improving Government Payroll Systems

$2 million operating
This initiative aims to reduce the risks and costs of change to payroll systems across government and ensure payroll systems are future-proofed. This will be done by providing funding for the Government Chief Digital Officer to lead a programme of work across government to engage with suppliers and provide investment advice to government agencies.

Improving New Zealand's Infrastructure Outcomes: A New Independent Infrastructure Body

$51.3 million operating
This initiative establishes a new Crown entity, the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga. This entity will provide advice to promote infrastructure that improves the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

Improving the Financial Sustainability and Performance of District Health Boards

$94.7 million operating
This funding will be used for initiatives to improve the financial sustainability and performance of District Health Boards.

Improving the Financial Sustainability and Performance of Emergency Services

$21 million operating
This funding will be used for initiatives to improve the financial sustainability and performance of emergency services.

Increasing Access to and the Range of Affordable Pharmaceuticals

$40 million operating
This initiative aims to give New Zealanders greater access to publicly funded pharmaceuticals. This will be done by increasing the Combined Pharmaceutical Budget to purchase more pharmaceuticals through PHARMAC.

Increasing Access to Gender Affirming Surgery

$3 million operating
This initiative improves the health sector's capability in delivering transgender health care. This will be done through funding an increase in the number of gender affirming surgeries, responding to a 50-year waiting list for surgery and growing demand.

Increasing the Refugee Quota

$140.5 million operating
$7.7 million capital

The initiative aims to support the increase in the annual refugee quota from 1000 to 1500 places, and to ensure successful refugee settlement outcomes. This will be done by providing specific services during the selection, reception, and settlement of refugees in their new communities.

Infrastructure Support for District Health Boards' Capital Projects

$20 million operating
This initiative enhances the capability and capacity of the Ministry of Health to support District Health Boards' capital investments, including the establishment of a health infrastructure unit.

Investing in the Department of Internal Affairs' Policy Advice Function in Order to Deliver Government Priorities

$5.6 million operating
This initiative will lift the Department of Internal Affairs' policy capability and capacity in areas such as citizenship, volunteering, classification, and gambling policy by providing funding for approximately eight additional staff.

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