In the “Annual Report for year ended 30 June 2015

Policy advice

DOC contributes to government priorities and the intermediate outcomes through effective policy advice on major initiatives. This includes policy advice and practical and scientific expertise to whole-of-government policy processes for natural resources, particularly those relating to freshwater, climate change, bioprospecting, biodiversity, minerals and petroleum, biosecurity, and aquaculture. These contributions are often made within the context of the Government's Natural Resources Sector agencies.

DOC provides ongoing advice to the Minister of Conservation to support the Minister's coastal responsibilities under the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011. Advice is provided on proposals for amending legislation and regulations.

DOC works in support of the Government's commitment to achieving just and durable settlements of all historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.

This workstream also includes Ministerial services, statutory and ministerially appointed bodies, and management planning.

  • The current New Zealand Conservation Authority's (NZCA) term finished on 30 June; eight members were reappointed to the new Authority, and five new members were appointed. Further information about ministerially appointed bodies can be found in Appendix 5.
  • Management planning occurs within the statutory planning framework required by the Conservation Act 1987, National Parks Act 1980 and various Treaty of Waitangi settlements requiring the preparation of 10-year Conservation Management Plans. A focus is the revision of conservation management strategies (CMSs). The first three CMSs to be revised were approved by the NZCA during the reporting period. These were Northland, Auckland and Waikato. More information about DOC's statutory management planning activity can be found in Appendix 6.

Outputs that contribute to this output class

Policy outputs contribute to all five Intermediate Outcomes as set out in Appendix 2. These are reported on in the statement of service performance on the following page.

Statement of service performance 2014/15: Policy advice and services

Performance measures and targets: 2014/15

National commentary

Policy advice

The satisfaction of the Minister of Conservation with the policy advice, as per common satisfaction survey – target at least 80 percent.

Satisfaction is now reported in the year following the Annual Report period. This year there was also a change in the Minister of Conservation. Prior to the elections in 2014 the previous Minister had reported a satisfaction score of 80%. The report from the current Minister will be published in the 2015/16 Annual Report.

Technical quality of policy advice papers assessed by a survey and robustness assessment.

Technical quality score 70 percent (the median for 14 government departments is 73 percent).

The total cost per hour of producing outputs – target at most $95.

Total cost per output hour $110.
Not achieved
The median for 14 Government departments in 2014 was $125.

Ministerial servicing

It is expected that the Department will send 200–300 submissions to the Minister.

The Department sent 233 submissions to the Minister.
Achieved.

It is expected that the Department will receive 60–70 ministerial Official Information Act requests with 100 percent meeting the ministerial deadline.

The Department received 51 ministerial Official Information Act requests. All met the minister's deadline.
Achieved.

It is expected that the Department will receive 150–200 Parliamentary Questions with 100% meeting the ministerial deadline.

The Department received 239 Parliamentary Questions. All met the ministerial deadline.
Achieved.

Output class operating statement 2014/15: Policy advice and services
 

Actual
30/06/14
$000

Budget
30/06/15
$000

Revised budget
30/06/15
$000

Actual
30/06/15
$000

Revenue

Crown

6,132

5,455

11,755

11,755

Other

189

566

1,166

169

Total revenue

6,321

6,021

12,921

11,924

Expenses

Total expenses

5,135

6,021

12,921

12,393

Surplus/(deficit)

1,186

(469)

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