strengthening the alignment of Crown entities through expanded board duties for statutory Crown entities
supporting functional leadership by expanding the scope for the use of directions to support a whole of government approach
formalising the role of the monitor
new powers for the Minister of State Services to request information to assess overall State services capability and performance.
streamlining planning and reporting from 1July 2014 by providing for the possibility of four-year Statements of Intent, more flexible funding, and more meaningful reporting on what is intended to be achieved and what has been achieved, and
simplifying the regime applying to Crown entity subsidiaries.
The Public Finance Act amendments make it clear that departmental chief executives are responsible for advising on the efficiency and effectiveness of non-department spending. The changes also added new multi-category appropriations to give more flexibility to align funding with joint programmes across departments and Crown entities.
Amendments to the State Sector Act included the requirement to provide free and frank advice and placed a stewardship responsibility on departmental chief executives. Stewardship includes the department's role as a monitoring agent and its role in administering legislation. Changes to the State Sector Act also included new provisions for Government Workforce Policy Statements that can apply to Crown entities.