The Wellbeing Budget

Investing in New Zealand

Initiatives: Maintaining and investing in public services, part 3

Leading New Zealand's Public Services to Deliver Transparent, Transformational, and Compassionate Government

$8 million operating
This initiative will ensure the State Services Commission has the capability and capacity to contribute to government priorities, the wellbeing domains and to perform its statutory functions.

Maintaining an Independent Regulatory System for Classification

$0.8 million operating
This initiative maintains public wellbeing and harm prevention by supporting our independent publications classification system by providing additional funding to the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

Maintaining Core Services to the House of Representatives

$2.4 million operating
This initiative will address non-discretionary cost pressures resulting from market forces that could impact the ability of the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives to deliver core services. Cost pressures include personnel, price and volume elements. This will be done through providing funding for various operational pressures as indicated above.

Meeting Minimum Wage Obligations Under the Home and Community Support (Payment for Travel Between Clients) Settlement Act 2016

$23 million operating
This initiative aims to meet obligations under the Home and Community Support (Payment for Travel Between Clients) Settlement Act 2016 to ensure care and support workers are fairly recompensed for the travel time involved in completing their roles. This will be done through providing funding to cover the increase in the minimum wage to $17.70.

Ministry of Defence Operating Cost Pressures

$8.4 million operating
This initiative aims to ensure that the Ministry of Defence can co-locate and share facilities and IT, security, and other services with the New Zealand Defence Force.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Capability: Baseline Funding

$10 million operating
This initiative will support the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s role in the Government’s ambitious housing and urban development programme for 2019/20.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development: Initial Establishment

$6 million capital
This initiative provides capital funding to support the establishment of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, which began its operations on 1 October 2018.

Ministry of Social Development: Inflationary and Other Cost Pressures

$61.4 million operating
This initiative addresses issues associated with lost economies of scale for MSD arising from the establishment of Oranga Tamariki and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development by funding existing policy capacity and addressing inflationary pressures in technology and accommodation.

Ministry of Social Development: Remuneration Cost Pressures

$160.9 million operating
This initiative aims to maintain MSD’s services. This will be done by providing funding for expected remuneration increases of current staff.

Ministry of Social Development: Safety and Security for Clients and Staff with Continued Security Guard Presence

$38.5 million operating
This initiative provides continued funding for security guards at 126 MSD service centres and eight administrative buildings. The initiative will provide for gradually fewer guards, as site-based risk assessments are extended and other security enhancements are made at service centres.

National Bowel Screening Programme: Further Rollout of Programme

$36 million operating
This initiative funds the roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme to a further four DHBs in 2019/20, and funds the associated costs relating to the National Coordination Centre, laboratory testing, diagnostic and surveillance colonoscopies and bowel screening regional centres.

National Community Maternity Services: Maintaining Primary Maternity Services for New Zealanders to Support Healthy Pregnancies and Births

$29.7 million operating
This initiative aims to support healthy pregnancies and births by ensuring that pregnant women can continue to receive access to free community maternity services.

New Tenancy Bond System: Designing a More Resilient and Customer Centric Bond System that Enables System Effectiveness and Future Flexibility

$1.5 million operating
This initiative aims to complete the second phase of a project to replace the tenancy bond system. This will be done by providing funding for service design, requirements definition, a procurement process, and development of a business case.

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