The Dom Post reports:
A productivity commission that will run the ruler over government departments has been given a cautious welcome by the public servants’ union.
Details of how the commission will work have yet to be thrashed out, but Finance Minister Bill English’s office said it would be based on the Australian commission that has operated since 1998.
That body covers the whole economy, but has a specific role in preparing regular reports on efficiency, effectiveness and service delivery in government agencies.
Public Service Association national secretary Brenda Pilott said a similar body in New Zealand would help monitor performance, but would need a clear definition of how state sector productivity should be measured.
Very pleased to see the PSA supportive. The Australian Productivity Commission has played a useful and significant role in growing the Australian economy and has bipartisan support.
The Government is poised to announce the creation of the commission – part of a confidence and supply agreement with ACT – this month.
Mr English’s office said it would support “the goals of higher productivity growth across the economy and improvements in the quality of regulation”.
It would “work closely with and be closely modelled on” the Australian commission, which is a research, advisory and performance monitoring agency that covers economic, social and environmental issues.
Prime Minister John Key said on Monday the commission in New Zealand would be mostly focused on the public sector, suggesting it will play a role in looming reforms. …
Ms Pilott said the commission could fill a gap in how public sector productivity was measured, something the PSA had been lobbying for.
The commission will not be hugely effective if it is seen as partisan. This does not mean both major parties have to agree with everything the commission does, but it means respect for its work.