Wellbeing Budget 2020

Annex — Budget Initiatives

Labour Market

Addressing Cost Pressures in Employment Policy Advice

This initiative provides funding to increase the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's capacity to deliver skills and employment policy advice.

Estimates Vote 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 Capital
Vol.2 Labour Market - 0.300 - - - -

Addressing Cost Pressures in the Employment Relations - Employment Standards System

This initiative provides funding to maintain current service levels for frontline employment services including the Labour Inspectorate, employment mediation, information and education and operational support for the Employment Relations Authority.

Estimates Vote 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 Capital
Vol.2 Labour Market - 0.907 1.632 1.632 1.632 -
Vol.1 Business, Science
and Innovation
- - - - - 5.504

Complying with Chinese Tax Law for Employees Based in Beijing

This initiative provides funding for Immigration New Zealand to be compliant with Chinese tax law, while continuing to provide the same net salaries to employees in the Beijing office.

Estimates Vote 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 Capital
Vol.2 Labour Market 1.8 4.7 5.05 5.42 5.8 -
N/A Fee funding to offset initiative (1.8) (4.7) (5.05) (5.42) (5.8) -

Ensuring the Safety of Staff and Refugees at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre

This initiative provides funding to support security upgrades to the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, following a security assessment highlighting its increased level of risk. This will include increased use of technology, smart design features and additional security staff.

Estimates Vote 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 Capital
Vol.2 Labour Market 1.000 1.517 1.870 1.870 1.870 -
Vol.1 Business, Science
and Innovation
- - - - - 4.232

Extending the Pilot of the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) Category

This initiative provides funding to extend the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) category pilot for a further three years to gather more information on the effectiveness of this method of refugee resettlement at meeting its objectives.

Estimates Vote 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 Capital
Vol.2 Labour Market - 0.980 1.033 1.056 - -
Vol.2 Education - 0.310 0.354 0.401 - -
Vol.6 Health - - 0.046 0.046 0.046 -
Vol.10 Social Development - 0.150 0.150 0.150 - -
Vol.2 Tertiary Education - 0.283 0.283 0.283 - -

Implementing the Reforms to the Employer-Assisted Work Visa System

This initiative funds the implementation of the reforms to the Employer-Assisted Temporary Work Visa System. The reforms will ensure work visa settings are flexible to respond to changing regional labour markets, that temporary foreign workers are only recruited for genuine shortages and that there are increased expectations on employers to employ and train more New Zealanders. The funding covers IT and process changes (including engagement with employers and sectors that have a high use of temporary foreign workers).

Estimates Vote 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 Capital
Vol.2 Labour Market 5.075 12.285 7.650 7.650 7.650 -
Vol.1 Business, Science
and Innovation
- - - - - 33.443
Vol.10 Social Development 0.045 1.026 1.782 1.782 1.782 6.084

Improving the System for Refugee Family Reunification

This initiative provides funding to review and provide support to the system for refugee family reunification, as per the confidence and supply agreement between the New Zealand Labour Party and the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Estimates Vote 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 Capital
N/A Not yet appropriated - - 7.157 7.468 7.557 -

Increasing Worksafe New Zealand Capacity to Support the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol

This initiative provides funding to enable WorkSafe New Zealand to implement and operate the licensing regime for refrigeration technicians who work on systems using flammable, toxic or high pressure refrigerants.

Estimates Vote 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 Capital
Vol.2 Labour Market 0.352 0.86 1.167 0.797 0.797 0.500
N/A Levy funding to offset initiative (0.176) (0.41) (0.255) (0.07) (0.07) -
N/A Fee funding to offset initiative (0.176) (0.445) (0.912) (0.727) (0.727) -

Responding to Increased Claims for Refugee and Protected Person Status

This initiative provides funding to increase visa processing capacity for refugee and protected person claims in response to a forecast increase in claims.

Estimates Vote 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 Capital
Vol.2 Labour Market - - 1.710 1.780 1.900 -
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