State Sector Act 1988

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State Sector Act 1988
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New Zealand Parliament
An Act—

(a)To ensure that employees in the State services are imbued with the spirit of service to the community; and

(b)To promote efficiency in the State services [and other agencies]; and

(c)To ensure the responsible management of the State services; and

(d)To maintain appropriate standards of integrity and conduct among employees in the State services [and other agencies]; and

(e)To ensure that every employer in the State services is a good employer; and

(f)To promote equal employment opportunities in the State services; and

(g)To provide for the negotiation of conditions of employment in the State services [and assistance to other agencies on conditions of employment]; and

(h)To repeal the State Services Act 1962, the State Services Conditions of Employment Act 1977, and the Health Service Personnel Act 1983
Royal assent30 March 1988
Commenced1 April 1988
Administered byState Services Commission
Status: Current legislation

The State Sector Act 1988 defines what constitutes the State sector organisations in New Zealand. It (along with accompanying reforms) substantially reshaped the shape of the Public service and to some extent its culture. It grants Ministers some role in the appointments of departmental chief executives.

The Public Service Association view is that, "By establishing the individual departmental chief executive as the employer, the Act set up one of the main mechanisms by which the old public service was broken up from the mid-1980s."[1]


  1. ^ "State Sector and Public Finance Reform Bill Submission". Public Service Association. February 2013.

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