Last week John Key announced five targets that the Government expects our public service to deliver for New Zealanders over the next five years.  These targets are specific and measurable, which means we’ll be able to show you how we’re doing against each one.  We’ll report regularly on each of these, because it’s important that we’re delivering on our promises.

The targets are: reducing welfare dependency; supporting vulnerable children; boosting skills and employment; reducing crime; and improving interaction with government.

A senior minister will lead each area, and with department Chief Executives, they’ll be held accountable for delivering results.

We’ve deliberately set the bar high.  This won’t be an exercise in checking boxes.  Meeting these targets will be hard work, and it will require some changes to the delivery of public services.

The big five are all priority areas for the Government.