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Statement of Responsibility

The Statement of Intent for the Department of Internal Affairs presented in this report for the year ending 30 June 2007 has been prepared in accordance with section 38 of the Public Finance Act 1989.

The Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs acknowledges, in signing this statement, that he is responsible for the information contained in this Statement of Intent.

The financial performance forecast to be achieved by the Department for the year ending 30 June 2007, specified in the Statement of Intent, is as agreed with the Minister of Internal Affairs, who is the Minister responsible for the financial performance of the Department of Internal Affairs.

The performance forecast for each output expense to be achieved by the Department for the year ending 30 June 2007, specified in the Statement of Intent, is as agreed with the Minister responsible for each Vote administered by the Department.

We certify that the information contained in this report is consistent with the existing appropriations, and the appropriations contained in the Estimates for the year ending 30 June 2007, that are being laid before the House of Representatives under section 13 of the Public Finance Act 1989.

Christopher Blake Signature Christopher Blake Chief Executive 20 April 2006

Shirley Smith Signature Shirley Smith Chief Financial Officer 20 April 2006


Quick Guide to Outputs

Vote Community and Voluntary Sector
Administration of Grants 60
Community Advisory Services 62
Policy Advice – Community 63
Vote Emergency Management
Management of National Emergency Readiness, Response and Recovery 64
Policy Advice – Emergency Management 65
Support Services, Information and Education 66
Vote Internal Affairs
Gaming and Censorship Regulatory Services 67
Identity Services 69
Information and Advisory Services 70
Policy Advice – Internal Affairs 71
Services for Ethnic Affairs 72
Contestable Services 73
Vote Local Government
Information, Support and Regulatory Services 74
Policy Advice – Local Government 75
Vote Ministerial Services
Support Services to Ministers 76
VIP Transport 77
Visits and Official Events Coordination 78
Vote Racing
Policy Advice – Racing 79

Vote Community and Voluntary Sector

Administration of Grants

Description

This output covers:

  • providing information and assistance to prospective grant applicants
  • processing, assessing and monitoring grant applications
  • providing recommendations to Ministers on appointments to boards, committees and trusts
  • providing administration, training and support services to boards and grant distribution committees.

Grant services cover the following schemes

  • Lottery grants
  • Community Organisation Grants Scheme
  • Crown trusts and fellowships.

This work contributes to the development of Strong, sustainable communities/hapū/iwi.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 4,218 4,340
Revenue Other 7,753 7,567
Total Revenue 11,971 11,907
Expenses 11,969 11,905
Net Surplus/(Deficit) 2 2

Performance information

Lottery Grants

Results information1 Performance standard
Percentage of grant disbursements completed accurately is no less than: 95%
Percentage of respondents to a survey of Lottery grant applicants who rate their satisfaction with the quality of services provided at 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5 is no less than: 85%
Percentage of complete and eligible applications received before the advertised closing date that are presented to the next decision-making meeting is no less than: 95%
On receipt of committee approval and correctly completed client documentation, the percentage of payments made to grant recipients within 20 working days is no less than: 95%
Percentage of respondents to a survey of Lottery committee members who rate their satisfaction with the quality of advisory services provided to the committee at 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5 is no less than: 85%
Percentage of respondents to a survey of Lottery committee members who rate their satisfaction with the quality of administration services provided to the committee at 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5 is no less than: 85%
Activity information2 Estimated volume
Number of applications received 3,800 – 4,700
Number of grants disbursed 2,500 – 4,000

Community Organisation Grants Scheme

Results information Performance standard
Percentage of grant disbursements completed accurately is no less than: 95%
Percentage of complete and eligible applications received before the advertised closing date that are presented to the next decision-making meeting is no less than: 95%
On receipt of committee approval and correctly completed client documentation, the percentage of payments made to grant recipients within 20 working days is no less than: 95%
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of applications received 4,000 – 5,200
Number of grants disbursed 3,500 – 4,500

Crown Trusts and Fellowships

Results information Performance standard
Percentage of grant disbursements completed accurately is no less than: 95%
Percentage of complete and eligible applications received before the advertised closing date that are presented to the next decision-making meeting is no less than: 95%
On receipt of committee approval and correctly completed client documentation, the percentage of payments made to grant recipients within 20 working days is no less than: 95%
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of applications received 200 – 300
Number of grants disbursed 50 – 70

Community Advisory Services

Description

This output covers a community development service delivered from a national office and 16 regional offices around New Zealand. It includes providing advice, information, resources and facilitation services to empower communities/whānau/hapū/iwi, Māori organisations and community groups to develop innovative responses to meet their needs.

This work contributes to the development of Strong, sustainable communities/hapū/iwi.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 5,146 5,402
Revenue Other 123 123
Total Revenue 5,269 5,525
Expenses 5,269 5,526
Net Surplus/(Deficit) 0 (1)
Results information Performance standard
Percentage of respondents to a customer survey who rate their satisfaction with the quality of advice provided at 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5 is no less than: 85%
Percentage of respondents to a customer survey who rate their satisfaction with the quality of information resources provided at 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5 is no less than: 85%
Percentage of respondents to a customer survey who rate their satisfaction with the timeliness of advice provided at 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5 is no less than: 85%

Policy Advice – Community

Description

This output covers:

  • policy advice with a community/whānau/hapū/iwi development perspective. Policy advice also involves preparing ministerial briefings and speech notes, and providing support for the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, as required, in Cabinet committees, select committees and Parliament
  • policy advice and information on matters relating to the performance of and appointments to the Charities Commission
  • draft replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions addressed to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector or referred from other Ministers.

This work contributes to the development of Strong, sustainable communities/hapū/iwi.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 1,699 1,660
Revenue Other 24 24
Total Revenue 1,723 1,684
Expenses 1,725 1,685
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (2) (1)

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Policy advice is delivered according to the policy work programme (and any subsequent amendments) as negotiated between the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and the Chief Executive. 100%
Policy advice is delivered in accordance with agreed policy quality criteria as listed. 100%
The Minister is requested to indicate his/her level of satisfaction with the quality of policy advice. Satisfied or better
Policy advice is delivered according to the timeframes agreed. 100%
Percentage of first versions of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions accepted by the Minister. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to ministerial correspondence returned to the Minister's office for signature within 15 working days of receipt from the Minister's office or such other deadlines as may be specifically agreed. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries returned to the Minister's office for signature five days prior to the statutory deadline for reply. 100%
Percentage of draft replies to parliamentary questions completed within the timeframes specified by the Minister. 100%
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries, and answers to parliamentary questions. 40 – 100

Vote Emergency Management

Management of National Emergency Readiness, Response and Recovery

Description

This output covers:

  • monitoring, responding to and managing the recovery from events outside the capability of local CDEM organisations
  • maintaining the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in a state of readiness
  • ensuring a dedicated level of national event management training within the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

This work contributes to the development of Safer communities.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 2,982 3,312
Revenue Other 24 24
Total Revenue 3,006 3,336
Expenses 3,007 3,336
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (1) 0

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Percentage of local authorities who are satisfied with the quality of information provided for monitoring events and incidents, as measured by stakeholder surveys. 80%
Percentage of national warnings issued within 60 minutes after the identification of a pending event is: 100%
Percentage of preliminary briefings provided to the Minister within 24 hours after the declaration of a civil defence emergency is: 100%
Percentage of declared emergencies that are reviewed in accordance with the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan. 100%
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of instances advice is provided to local authorities/CDEM groups of events and incidents that have the potential to lead to civil defence emergencies. 0 – 50
Number of national warnings issued. 0 – 5
Carry out a minimum of 10 tests of NCMC systems during the year. 10
Number of declared civil defence emergencies requiring coordination and/or management of central government response. 0 - 5
Number of non-declared civil defence emergencies requiring coordination and/or management of central government response. 0 – 10
Number of emergency events requiring management of central government activity in regard to recovery support. 0 – 10
Provide a minimum of 10 NCMC Development Programme education or training sessions. 10
Update the Standard Operating Procedures a minimum of twice a year. 2

Policy Advice – Emergency Management

Description

This output covers:

  • strategic policy development and policy advice on risk management, and on civil defence and emergency management frameworks, procedures and operations. Policy advice also involves preparing ministerial briefings and speech notes, and providing support for the Minister of Civil Defence, as required, in Cabinet committees, select committees and Parliament
  • draft replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions addressed to the Minister of Civil Defence or referred from other Ministers.

This work contributes to the development of Safer communities.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 1,592 1,766
Revenue Other 14 14
Total Revenue 1,606 1,780
Expenses 1,606 1,780
Net Surplus/(Deficit) 0 0

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Policy advice is delivered according to the policy work programme (and any subsequent amendments) as negotiated between the Minister of Civil Defence and the Chief Executive. 100%
Policy advice is delivered in accordance with agreed policy quality criteria as listed. 100%
The Minister is requested to indicate his/her level of satisfaction with the quality of policy advice. Satisfied or better
Policy advice is delivered according to the timeframes agreed. 100%
Percentage of first versions of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions accepted by the Minister. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to ministerial correspondence returned to the Minister's office for signature within 15 working days of receipt from the Minister's office or such other deadlines as may be specifically agreed. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries returned to the Minister's office for signature five days prior to the statutory deadline for reply. 100%
Percentage of draft replies to parliamentary questions completed within the timeframes specified by the Minister. 100%
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries, and answers to parliamentary questions. 0 – 65

Support Services, Information and Education

Description

This output covers:

  • developing and implementing policies and projects that will assist with information services, preparedness and education within the civil defence emergency management (CDEM) sector
  • providing support, monitoring, information, frameworks, guidelines and professional development for the CDEM sector.

This work contributes to the development of Safer communities.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 6,303 5,509
Revenue Other 28 28
Total Revenue 6,331 5,537
Expenses 6,333 5,539
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (2) (2)

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Percentage of stakeholders who are satisfied with the level of support provided and that their needs and expectations have, where possible, been incorporated into the Ministry's work programme, as measured by stakeholder surveys. 80%
Percentage of stakeholders who are satisfied with the quality of public education resources and support provided, as measured by stakeholder surveys. 80%
Percentage of attendees who are satisfied with the education or training interventions attended, as measured by stakeholder surveys. 80%
Activity information Estimated volume
Participate in and/or evaluate no less than eight local government civil defence readiness and response exercises. 8
Deliver or sponsor no less than six education or training interventions in consultation with the emergency management sector and other relevant agencies or organisations. 6 – 10
Provide to the CDEM sector no less than 10 newsletters/updates. 10 – 20
Develop a minimum of three guidelines, codes, technical standards or other CDEM sector information publications. 3 – 10

Vote Internal Affairs

Gaming and Censorship Regulatory Services

Description

This output covers:

  • issuing licences to, and analysing data from, operators involved in the higher-risk forms of gambling
  • auditing and monitoring casinos, and gaming sector organisations containing gaming machines, to assess compliance, with an emphasis on high-risk organisations, operators and activities
  • investigations, inspections, information gathering and intelligence dissemination regarding possible breaches of the gaming and censorship legislation, and taking enforcement action against those who breach the legislation
  • responding to public inquiries and providing targeted education, advice and information regarding gambling and censorship laws, to minimise harm to the community and encourage voluntary compliance
  • providing policy advice on the gaming licensing regulatory regime and associated fees
  • providing services to the Gambling Commission (these functions are carried out entirely separately to the Department's gambling-related policy and operational functions, to underpin the independence of the Gambling Commission).

This work contributes to the development of Safer communities.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 1,894 1,916
Revenue Other 14,093 18,496
Total Revenue 15,987 20,412
Expenses 18,228 22,340
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (2,241) (1,928)

Performance information

Increase Compliance in the Gaming Sector

Results information Performance standard
Number of instances of non-compliance with gambling laws that are detected during audits and investigations that result in a formal warning or sanction. As required
Number of non-compliant activities that have resulted in a prosecution, an infringement notice or application to the Gambling Commission. As required
All breaches found in audits and investigations are followed up and result in rectification or further compliance action, in accordance with the timeframes set out in the relevant follow-up process. 100%
Percentage of respondents to a survey of gaming sector organisations and operators who rate their satisfaction with how information services provided by the Department support their ability to comply with relevant laws, conditions and rules is no less than: 85%
The Gambling Commission and courts will make no adverse comment on the Department's regulatory activities. No adverse comment
The Gambling Commission's satisfaction with the services provided by the secretariat is 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5. 3 or above

Increase Compliance with Censorship Laws

Results information Performance standard
Number of instances of non-compliance (excluding Internet-related non-compliance) with censorship laws is no greater than: 15%
All non-compliant practices identified during inspection processes or as a result of complaints are dealt with during the inspection, or within three months (75%) or 12 months (25%) of the completion of the inspection. 3 months (75%)
12 months (25%)
Number of censorship prosecution cases dismissed where prima facie case is not established is no more than: 2
Number of censorship prosecution cases that receive adverse judicial comment on the investigation process is not more than: 2

Increase the Return to the Community from Non-casino Gaming Machine Operations

Results information Performance standard
All gaming machine operators' return to the community is no less than: 37.12% (GST excluded)
Activity information Estimated volume
Complete at least 80% of audits of all gaming machine societies, and other gambling activities identified as high risk, in accordance with their risk profile, within three months and the balance within six months. 3 months (80%)
6 months (20%)
Undertake audits of casino operator activities identified as high risk, in accordance with their risk profile. As required
Undertake investigations of all licensed gambling outside of casinos, where serious non-compliance is identified through audit, intelligence or complaints. As required
Undertake investigations of all casino operators where serious non-compliance is identified through audit, intelligence or complaints. As required
Undertake investigations of suspected illegal gambling. As required
Undertake investigations into offences against the Act, and crimes involving dishonesty that relate to or involve gambling, committed by persons other than holders of a casino operator's licence on casino premises. As required
Number of formal presentations and compliance educative visits to the gaming sector. 20 formal
300 compliance educative visits
Number of inspections at outlets for publications/videos/films undertaken. 1,500
Number of censorship complaints and proactive investigations for publications/videos/films and on the Internet responded to. 700
Number of censorship prosecutions undertaken. 20 – 40
Percentage of licence renewal applications processed within two months of receipt. 80%
Percentage of all other licence applications processed within one month of receipt. 90%

Identity Services

Description

This output covers:

  • assessing applications for and issuing New Zealand passports and other travel documents
  • assessing applications for grant of citizenship
  • registering and confirming citizenship
  • registering births, deaths, marriages and civil unions
  • issuing certificates and providing information and services relating to births, deaths, marriages and civil unions
  • maintaining national records relating to passports, citizenship, births, deaths, marriages and civil unions
  • developing authorised information-matching programmes with specified government agencies
  • providing data to international government agencies, to enhance border security and facilitate travel
  • advising Government about authentication of identity and evidence of identity standards.

This work contributes to the development of the following outcomes:

  • Trusted records of New Zealand identity
  • Strong, sustainable communities/hapū/iwi.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 7,625 8,416
Revenue Other 62,418 78,637
Total Revenue 70,043 87,053
Expenses 70,091 83,175
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (48) 3,878

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Percentage of applications for grant of citizenship recommended to the Minister within eight months of receipt of a completed application. 80%
Percentage of applications for registration of citizenship, not involving adoption, processed within 20 working days of receipt of a completed application. 95%
Percentage of certificates of citizenship status issued within 20 working days of receipt of a completed application. 95%
Percentage of passports, certificates and other identity documents issued without error. 99%
Percentage of passports issued within 10 working days for standard passports, and three working days for urgent passports, of receipt of a completed application. 99%
Percentage of birth, death, marriage and civil union information registered without error. 99%
Percentage of birth, death, marriage and civil union certificates issued without error. 99%
Percentage of deaths registered within three working days of receipt of a completed notification. 96%
Percentage of births, marriages and civil unions registered within four working days of receipt of a completed notification or application. 96%
Percentage of certificates from fully computerised registrations issued within one working day of receipt of a completed application. 99%
Percentage of certificates from partially computerised registrations issued within eight working days of receipt of a completed application. 96%
Percentage of birth, death, marriage and civil union printouts issued within eight working days of request. 95%
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of applications for grant of citizenship to foreign nationals recommended to the Minister. 26,000 – 30,000
Number of registrations of citizenship by descent for New Zealanders born abroad. 5,000 – 6,000
Number of certificates of citizenship status issued. 3,500 – 4,000
Number of passports and travel documents issued. 390,000 – 460,000
Number of birth, death, marriage and civil union registrations. 102,000 – 116,000
Number of birth, death, marriage and civil union certificates and printouts issued. 200,000 – 250,000

Information and Advisory Services

Description

This output covers:

  • publishing the New Zealand Gazette
  • authenticating official documents
  • providing information, advisory and support services to commissions of inquiry and similar bodies, as required.

This work is an administrative service for Government.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 4,519 498
Revenue Other 1,393 1,236
Total Revenue 5,912 1,734
Expenses 5,948 1,733
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (36) 1

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Number of complaints concerning typesetting errors where published text is inconsistent with text supplied by client is, on average, no more than: 1 per month
Percentage of Principal and Customs editions of the New Zealand Gazette available at retail outlets by the applicable deadline. 100%
Commissioners' rating of the quality of services provided is 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5. 3 or above
Commissioners' rating of the timeliness of services provided is 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5. 3 or above
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of editions of the New Zealand Gazette published. 100

Policy Advice – Internal Affairs

Description

This output covers:

  • policy advice and information on matters relating to:
    • gaming, censorship, fire and identity
    • the performance of and appointments to Crown entities
    • appointments to statutory bodies
    • the Significant Community-Based Project Fund.
    Policy advice also involves preparing ministerial briefings and speech notes, and providing support for the Minister of Internal Affairs, as required, in Cabinet committees, select committees and Parliament.
  • draft replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions addressed to the Minister of Internal Affairs or referred from other Ministers.

This work contributes to the development of the following outcomes:

  • Strong, sustainable communities/hapū/iwi
  • Safer communities
  • Trusted records of New Zealand identity.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 4,756 4,811
Revenue Other 54 90
Total Revenue 4,810 4,901
Expenses 4,810 4,901
Net Surplus/(Deficit) 0 0

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Policy advice is delivered according to the policy work programme (and any subsequent amendments) as negotiated between the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Chief Executive. 100%
Policy advice is delivered in accordance with agreed policy quality criteria as listed 100%
The Minister is requested to indicate his/her level of satisfaction with the quality of policy advice. Satisfied or better
Policy advice is delivered according to the timeframes agreed. 100%
Percentage of first versions of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions accepted by the Minister. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to ministerial correspondence returned to the Minister's office for signature within 15 working days of receipt from the Minister's office or such other deadlines as may be specifically agreed. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries returned to the Minister's office for signature five days prior to the statutory deadline for reply. 100%
Percentage of draft replies to parliamentary questions completed within the timeframes specified by the Minister. 100%
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries, and answers to parliamentary questions. 430 – 630

Services for Ethnic Affairs

Description

This output covers:

  • providing policy advice and information on matters relating to ethnic affairs. This also involves:
    • arranging meetings for the Minister to facilitate contact with ethnic communities
    • preparing ministerial briefings and speech notes, and providing support for the Minister for Ethnic Affairs, as required, in Cabinet committees, select committees and Parliament
  • providing draft replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions addressed to the Minister for Ethnic Affairs or referred from other Ministers
  • providing advisory and information services to ethnic communities, and information to the public to raise the level of knowledge about ethnic communities and their contribution to New Zealand
  • managing the contract for the telephone interpreting service (Language Line).

This work contributes to the development of Strong, sustainable communities/hapū/iwi.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 2,799 2,660
Revenue Other 518 518
Total Revenue 3,317 3,178
Expenses 3,319 3,179
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (2) (1)

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Policy advice is delivered according to the policy work programme (and any subsequent amendments) as negotiated between the Minister for Ethnic Affairs and the Chief Executive. 100%
Policy advice is delivered in accordance with agreed policy quality criteria as listed 100%
The Minister is requested to indicate his/her level of satisfaction with the quality of policy advice. Satisfied or better
Policy advice is delivered according to the timeframes agreed. 100%
Percentage of first versions of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions accepted by the Minister. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to ministerial correspondence returned to the Minister's office for signature within 15 working days of receipt from the Minister's office or such other deadlines as may be specifically agreed 95%
Percentage of draft responses to Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries returned to the Minister's office for signature five days prior to the statutory deadline for reply. 100%
Percentage of draft replies to parliamentary questions completed within the timeframes specified by the Minister. 100%
Percentage of requests for written advice answered within 10 working days or according to the timeframes agreed with the correspondent. 95%
Percentage of key stakeholders who rate the quality and effectiveness of the advisory services provided to ethnic communities at 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5, as measured by stakeholder surveys. 85%
The contract with the supplier of the telephone interpreting service (Language Line) will specify the nature and level of services to be provided, price, duration, monitoring arrangements, scope for variation and mechanisms for dispute resolution.
Reports will be provided regularly to the Minister on the Language Line provider's performance against service standards. Monthly
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries, and answers to parliamentary questions. 120 – 240
Number of requests from ethnic communities for information or advice responded to. 3,000 – 3,500

Contestable Services

Description

This output covers services to both government and non-government agencies, which could be provided by other organisations and are therefore contestable services.

Services include translation and other foreign language services to Ministers and third parties.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 0 0
Revenue Other 1,380 935
Total Revenue 1,380 935
Expenses 1,379 935
Net Surplus/(Deficit) 1 0

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Percentage of respondents to a customer survey who rate their satisfaction with the quality of translation services provided at 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5 is no less than: 85%
Percentage of translations meeting timeframes agreed with customers. 98%

Vote Local Government

Information, Support and Regulatory Services

Description

This output covers:

  • providing advisory and support services to the Local Government Commission in respect of its statutory functions
  • providing information to and about local government
  • administering the Local Government Act 2002 and other statutes, including advising the Minister of Local Government on:
    • local government boundaries and reorganisation schemes
    • approval of sales of endowment land and other statutory approvals
    • the Rates Rebates Scheme
    • offshore islands not in a territorial authority district
    • servicing of ministerial review authorities when required
  • administering the Local Electoral Act 2001 including:
    • approving voting document formats
    • administering the Single Transferable Vote calculator
    • collection and publication of local government election statistics
  • providing regulatory and boating services for Lake Taupo, including providing the Harbourmaster and managing the Lake Taupo Landing Reserve
  • governance and management of the National Dog Control Information Database.

This work contributes to the development of Strong, sustainable communities/hapū/iwi.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 4,334 3,999
Revenue Other 436 653
Total Revenue 4,770 4,652
Expenses 4,790 4,670
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (20) (18)

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
The Local Government Commission is satisfied with the quality of advice and support services provided rated on a scale of 1 to 5. 3 or above
Local Government Commission decisions are dispatched to parties within 10 working days of decision, or to such other timetable as instructed by the Commission. 100%
All responses to requests for information from the public are easy to comprehend and accurate. 100%
Percentage of rates rebates claims processed accurately. 99%
Percentage of requests for information from the public responded to within 15 working days. 95%
Percentage of claims for rates rebates processed within 20 working days. 98%
The Taupo Harbourmaster will implement a programme of facilities inspection and maintenance. Facilities managed in accordance with programme and standards
All boating facilities on Lake Taupo are maintained to an appropriate level of safety and usability. Facilities maintained to specified standards
Percentage of respondents to a survey of key stakeholders who rate their satisfaction with the quality of Lake Taupo regulatory services at 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5. 85%
Number of prosecutions taken under navigation safety legislation and regulations dismissed because a prima facie case has not been established is no more than: 2 cases
The Taupo Landing Reserve is managed in accordance with a Reserve Management Plan approved by the Ministers of Local Government and Conservation. Managed in accordance with Reserve Management Plan
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of responses to requests for information from the public. 100 – 500
Number of rates rebates claims received for processing. 100,000 – 140,000

Policy Advice – Local Government

Description

This output covers:

  • policy advice and information on local government issues. It also involves monitoring the local government system, preparing ministerial briefings and speech notes, and providing support for the Minister of Local Government, as required, in Cabinet committees, select committees, and Parliament. It also includes preparations for hosting the Commonwealth Local Government Forum 2007 Conference
  • draft replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions addressed to the Minister of Local Government or referred from other Ministers.

This work contributes to the development of Strong, sustainable communities/hapū/iwi.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 7,200 7,317
Revenue Other 81 69
Total Revenue 7,281 7,386
Expenses 7,282 7,386
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (1) 0

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Policy advice is delivered according to the policy work programme (and any subsequent amendments) as negotiated between the Minister of Local Government and the Chief Executive. 100%
Policy advice is delivered in accordance with agreed policy quality criteria listed. 100%
The Minister is requested to indicate his/her level of satisfaction with the quality of policy advice. Satisfied or better
Policy advice is delivered according to the timeframes agreed. 100%
Percentage of first versions of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions accepted by the Minister. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to ministerial correspondence returned to the Minister's office for signature within 15 working days of receipt from the Minister's office or such other deadlines as may be specifically agreed. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries returned to the Minister's office for signature five days prior to the statutory deadline for reply. 100%
Percentage of draft replies to parliamentary questions completed within the timeframes specified by the Minister. 100%
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries, and answers to parliamentary questions. 500 – 1,000

Vote Ministerial Services

Support Services to Ministers

Description

This output covers:

  • providing a range of support services for Ministers, including office administration, accounting, personnel, information technology, facilities management, media and advisory services
  • managing residential accommodation provided for Ministers of the Crown, both owned and leased property.

This work contributes to ensuring Executive Government is well supported.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 25,012 25,908
Revenue Other 338 338
Total Revenue 25,350 26,246
Expenses 25,349 26,245
Net Surplus/(Deficit) 1 1

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Percentage of Ministers responding to the annual satisfaction survey who assess the quality of support services provided as satisfactory or better. 85%
The Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services is satisfied with the level of administration of support services provided to the Executive. Satisfactory or better
Percentage of Ministers responding to the annual satisfaction survey who assess their satisfaction with the timeliness of services provided to them at satisfactory or better. 85%

VIP Transport

Description

This output covers chauffeur-driven vehicle services for Ministers, the Leader of the Opposition, former Prime Ministers and their spouses, former Governors-General and their spouses, the judiciary and distinguished visitors, and self-drive vehicles for Ministers.

This work contributes to ensuring Executive Government is well supported.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 0 0
Revenue Other 6,378 7,175
Total Revenue 6,378 7,175
Expenses 6,379 7,175
Net Surplus/(Deficit) (1) 0

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Number of customer complaints received regarding quality and timeliness of chauffeur-driven vehicle hires is no more than: 1 per 1,500
Percentage of Ministers who rate their satisfaction with the transport services provided to them as satisfactory or better. 85%

Visits and Official Events Coordination

Description

This output covers services supporting:

  • visits by guests of Government
  • receptions at international airports for the Governor-General, Ministers and guests of Government
  • State and ministerial functions
  • commemorative events
  • national anniversaries.

This work contributes to ensuring Executive Government is well supported.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 3,514 3,396
Revenue Other 17 17
Total Revenue 3,531 3,413
Expenses 3,531 3,414
Net Surplus/(Deficit) 0 (1)

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Percentage of visit programme content and logistics arranged to reflect visit objectives. 100%
Percentage of Ministers who rate their satisfaction with the quality of arrangements for ministerial and State functions as satisfied or better. (Only Ministers sponsoring ministerial and State functions are surveyed.) 85%
Percentage of Ministers who rate their satisfaction with the coordination and management of official events as satisfactory or better. (Only Ministers with responsibility for hosting events are surveyed.) 85%

Vote Racing

Policy Advice – Racing

Description

This output covers:

  • policy advice and information on matters relating to racing and sports betting and on the racing industry generally. Policy advice also involves preparing ministerial briefings and speech notes, and providing support for the Minister for Racing, as required, in Cabinet committees, select committees and Parliament
  • draft replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions addressed to the Minister for Racing or referred from other Ministers.

This work contributes to the development of Safer communities.

Revenue and expenses

Appropriation 2005/06 Est Actual GST Excl $000 2006/07 Forecast GST Excl $000
Revenue
Revenue Crown 299 212
Revenue Other 4 4
Total Revenue 303 216
Expenses 302 217
Net Surplus/(Deficit) 1 (1)

Performance information

Results information Performance standard
Policy advice is delivered according to the policy work programme (and any subsequent amendments) as negotiated between the Minister for Racing and the Chief Executive. 100%
Policy advice is delivered in accordance with agreed policy quality criteria as listed. 100%
The Minister is requested to indicate his/her level of satisfaction with the quality of policy advice. Satisfied or better
Policy advice is delivered according to the timeframes agreed. 100%
Percentage of first versions of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests, Ombudsman's inquiries and parliamentary questions accepted by the Minister. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to ministerial correspondence returned to the Minister's office for signature within 15 working days of receipt from the Minister's office or such other deadlines as may be specifically agreed. 95%
Percentage of draft responses to Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries returned to the Minister's office for signature five days prior to the statutory deadline for reply. 100%
Percentage of draft replies to parliamentary questions completed within the timeframes specified by the Minister. 100%
Activity information Estimated volume
Number of replies to ministerial correspondence, Official Information Act 1982 requests and Ombudsman's inquiries, and answers to parliamentary questions. 50 – 100

Policy Advice Quality Criteria

In fulfilling the aim to produce policy advice that meets the needs of Ministers, the Department requires that, to the extent to which time and cost-effectiveness considerations permit, policy advice produced within Vote Internal Affairs, Vote Ministerial Services, Vote Emergency Management, Vote Local Government, Vote Community and Voluntary Sector and Vote Racing meet the following quality criteria.

Purpose

Policy papers should be short (where practicable), succinct and clearly focused on decisions required from Ministers.

Consistency

The advice takes account of other Government policies and decisions, and is consistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Logic

The assumptions behind the advice are explicit and argument is logical and supported by the facts.

Accuracy

The facts in the papers are legally and statistically accurate and all material facts and sources are included. Where appropriate, the advice includes sound legal opinion.

Options

An appropriate range of options is presented. Each option is assessed in terms of the benefits and costs for the Government, the economy, the community sector and all other relevant parties. The information provided has sufficient range and depth.

Consultation

There is evidence of adequate consultation with other Government agencies and other affected parties and possible objections to proposals are identified.

Practicality

The problems of implementation, technical feasibility, timing and consistency with other policies have been considered. Where appropriate, the advice considers the impact on the lives of New Zealanders.

Presentation

The length and format of Cabinet papers meet Ministerial and Cabinet Office requirements. All papers and briefings are in accordance with the Department's Policy Quality Assurance guidelines. All presentations to Ministers are in accordance with Ministerial preference for style and format. All key facts, and recommendations are on the first page. All material is effectively, concisely and clearly presented, has short sentences in plain English, and is free of grammatical or numerical errors.

Impartiality

The Department of Internal Affairs strives to provide professional, impartial and comprehensive advice to Ministers, and to alert Ministers to the possible consequences of following particular policies, whether or not such advice accords with the Minister's views.

  1. Results information relates to output performance dimensions such as quality and timeliness that are within the Department's control. Return
  2. Activity information relates to output volume measures that are demand driven and therefore outside the Department's control. Return