Being part of the State sector means that you are responsible for some particular obligations towards the people who work in your organisation and, more generally, showing a spirit of service to the public. The Crown Entities Act sets out what it means to be a good employer, including provisions about equal employment opportunities.
While some Crown entities previously carried out, under their various statutes, equal employment opportunities (EEO) obligations, the Crown Entities Act now applies generic good employer and EEO provisions to all Crown agents, autonomous Crown entities (ACEs) and independent Crown entities (ICEs), and to Crown entity companies. (Other categories of Crown entities carry EEO obligations under entity-specific statutes.)
Entities will need an EEO programme in place and must communicate this to staff, as part of personnel policy. Cabinet has determined that portfolio departments (the Crown Company Monitoring Advisory Unit (CCMAU) in the case of Crown entity companies) will have responsibility for promoting and monitoring EEO in individual Crown entities. The EEO Commissioner will provide guidance to Crown entities and departments.