The research contributes to the StrategyNZ project, which in turn supports the Project 2058 work programme, Report 15: Strengthening Strategy Stewardship in the Public Service (in progress). If you would like to learn more about the Project 2058 Methodology, please see the link here. If you would like to learn more about the GDS Index Methodology, please see the link here.

What is the GDS Index?

The Government Department Strategies Index (GDS Index) regularly reviews each new GDS against a scorecard and then ranks these against a list of operational GDSs. The scorecard contains six elements that the Institute considers should be present in a GDS, as opposed to ranking the quality of the strategy itself. The six content elements are:

  1. Opportunities and Threats (what is the external environment?)
  2. Capabilities and Resources (what are the internal strengths and weaknesses?)
  3. Vision and Benefits (what is the purpose?)
  4. Approach and Focus (what choices and trade-offs have been made?)
  5. Implementation and Accountability (who is responsible for what?) and
  6. Alignment and Authority (how does the strategy align with the machinery of government?)

In this way, the rank does not indicate whether one strategy is better than another. Instead the rank indicates whether the content of the strategy document is better than another. The Index aims to illustrate how New Zealand might strengthen GDSs to make them more effective, transparent, measurable, comparable and durable through public consultation, engagement and ownership. The assumption is that if government works hard to make the content of GDSs more useful, it will enable users of such strategies to assess the quality of the strategy. Given the poor quality of the content of GDSs in operation, this second stage (assessing the quality of the strategy) is difficult. This is not solely a New Zealand problem, but a global problem.

The Institute publishes the Index regularly so that the results can be measured, analysed and tracked over time.

GDS Index 2018 Update

The 2018 GDS Index is currently work in progress.

Our tentative list of ‘GDSs in operation as at 30 June 2018’ comes to 154 (see table below). However this number is expected to change. The next stage in the process is for government departments to confirm whether the table below is complete, verifying that we have added all new GDSs and deleted all GDSs that are no longer in operation. Then all new GDSs will be reviewed and assessed against the scorecard by the team at the Institute. We expect to have the 2018 Index (i) confirmed and (ii) assessed against the scorecard this year.  We hope to publish the resulting working papers in early 2019.

Please note: The table below contains the tentative list of ‘GDSs in operation’. The list can be arranged by alphabetical order, government department, ranking, sector and GDS number. The 2015 Index and the 2016 Index can be found on this website. The original list included GDSs from 1 July 1994.

Government Department Strategy (GDS)Date GDS Published (Month/Year)DepartmentSectorGDS Index
Information Systems Strategic Plan 2015-2019April 2015Department of ConservationEnvironment Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Mātauranga Whakauka Taiao - Environmental Education for Sustainability
July 2017Department of ConservationEnvironment Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
National Compliance Strategy 2017 Not KnownDepartment of ConservationEnvironment Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Investing in Conservation Education for a Sustainable and Prosperous Future: National Education Strategy 2010–2030 March 2011 (Updated May 2017)Department of ConservationEnvironment Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
The New Zealand Biodiversity StrategyFebruary 2000Department of ConservationEnvironment Sector2015 Profile
New Zealand Subantarctic Islands Research StrategyMay 2005Department of ConservationEnvironment Sector2015 Profile
Hector’s and Maui’s Dolphin Threat Management PlanAugust 2007Department of ConservationEnvironment Sector2015 Profile
Breaking the Cycle: Our Drug and Alcohol Strategy through to 2020 *
March 2016Department of Corrections
Justice Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Health and Safety Strategy 2016-2020 *
Not KnownDepartment of Corrections
Justice Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Wahine – E rere ana ki te Pae Hou: Women’s Strategy 2017 – 2021
June 2017Department of Corrections
Justice Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Change Lives Shape Futures - Reducing re-offending among MāoriNot KnownDepartment of Corrections
Justice Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Investing in better mental health for offendersNot KnownDepartment of Corrections
Justice Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
National Historic Heritage Strategy 2013Not KnownDepartment of CorrectionsJustice Sector2015 Profile
Government ICT Strategy 2015 *
Not KnownDepartment of Internal Affairs
Maori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
A Dynamic, Integrated Programme of Work to Deliver the Government ICT Strategy *
Not KnownDepartment of Internal Affairs
Maori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Strategy for Evaluating Local Government Legislation December 2005Department of Internal AffairsMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Result 10 Blueprint: A Strategy for Digital Public ServicesJune 2014Department of Internal AffairsMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector2015 Profile
New Zealand's Cyber Security Strategy 2015 *
2015Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Finance and Government Administration Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand's Cyber Security Strategy Action Plan 2015 *
2015Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Finance and Government Administration Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
National Plan to Address Cybercrime 2015 *
2015Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Finance and Government Administration Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
National Civil Defence Emergency Management StrategyMarch 2008Department of the Prime Minister and CabinetFinance and Government Administration Sector2015 Profile
ERO Pacific Strategy 2013-2017 Not KnownEducation Review OfficeEducation and Science Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2017 – 2020Not KnownGovernment Communications Security BureauExternal Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Inland Revenue's Corporate Strategy
(Not updated. WIP)

May 2016Inland Revenue
Finance and Government Administration Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
(Updated in 2018, WIP)
Regulatory Stewardship StrategyAugust 2017Inland Revenue
Finance and Government Administration Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
The power of 'where' drives New Zealand's success Not KnownLand Information New Zealand
Primary Industries Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Outcomes framework 2017 2017Land Information New Zealand
Primary Industries Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
The Crown Property Strategy June 2018Land Information New Zealand
Primary Industries Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
He Whāriki Maurua: Business with Māori Strategy 2013–2017 *
September 2014Land Information New Zealand
Primary Industries Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand Positioning Strategy 20142014Land Information New ZealandPrimary Industries Sector2015 Profile
Cadastre 2034: A 10-20 Year Strategy for developing the cadastral
system: Knowing the ‘where’ of land-related rights
Not KnownLand Information New ZealandPrimary Industries Sector2015 Profile
Topographic Strategy March 2015Land Information New ZealandPrimary Industries Sector2015 Profile
Cultural Sector Strategic Framework 2014–2018Not KnownMinistry for Culture and HeritageMāori, Other Populations & Cultural
Sector
2015 Profile
Ministry for Primary Industries Science Strategy - Rautaki Rutaiao *
October 2015Ministry for Primary Industries
Primary Industries Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Research and Science Information Standard for New Zealand Fisheries *
April 2011Ministry for Primary Industries
Primary Industries Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Animal Welfare matters: New Zealand Animal Welfare Strategy *
May 2013Ministry for Primary Industries
Primary Industries Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
A Biosecurity Science Strategy for New Zealand, Mahere Rautaki Putaiao Whakamaru2007Ministry for Primary IndustriesPrimary Industries Sector2015 Profile
Fisheries 2030: New Zealanders Maximising Benefits From the Use of Fisheries Within Environmental LimitsNot KnownMinistry for Primary IndustriesPrimary Industries Sector2015 Profile
Cadmium and New Zealand Agriculture and Horticulture: A Strategy for Long Term Risk Management: A Report Prepared by the Cadmium Working Group for the Chief Executives Environmental ForumFebruary 2011Ministry for Primary IndustriesPrimary Industries Sector2015 Profile
Our Strategy 2030: Growing and Protecting New ZealandOctober 2012Ministry for Primary IndustriesPrimary Industries Sector2015 Profile
Campylobacter Risk Management StrategyJuly 2013Ministry for Primary IndustriesPrimary Industries Sector2015 Profile
Hitting the Mark: Our Strategic Plan to 2045 *
Not KnownMinistry for the Environment
Environment Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Our Science Strategy Rautaki PūtaiaoMay 2018Ministry for the Environment
Environment Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Our Regulatory Stewardship Strategy 2017July 2017Ministry for the Environment
Environment Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand Urban Design ProtocolMarch 2005Ministry for the EnvironmentEnvironment Sector2015 Profile
New Zealand’s National Implementation Plan Under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic PollutantsDecember 2006Ministry for the EnvironmentEnvironment Sector2015 Profile
The New Zealand Waste Strategy: Reducing Harm, Improving EfficiencyOctober 2010Ministry for the EnvironmentEnvironment Sector2015 Profile
Clean Healthy Air for All New Zealanders: The National Air Quality Compliance Strategy to Meet the PM10 StandardAugust 2011Ministry for the EnvironmentEnvironment Sector2015 Profile
Eliminating the Public Service Gender Pay Gap: 2018-2020 Action Plan 2018Ministry for WomenMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Business Growth Agenda: Towards 2025 *
2015Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
National Statement of Science Investment 2015-2025 *
October 2015Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand's Investment Attraction Strategy *
Not KnownMinistry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Tourism Strategy *
Not KnownMinistry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Better Public Responses Result 9: Improving Business' Interaction with Government *
June 2014Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
MBIE's Pacific Economic Strategy 2015-2021 *
2015Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2017 - 2022June 2017Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
MBIE̓s Regulatory Stewardship Strategy 2017/2018August 2017Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Vision Mātauranga: Unlocking the Innovation Potential of Māori Knowledge, Resources and PeopleJuly 2007Ministry of Business, Innovation and EmploymentEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
Oil Emergency Response Strategy: Government Response to an Oil Supply DisruptionJuly 2008Ministry of Business, Innovation and EmploymentEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
New Zealand Energy Strategy 2011–2021: Developing Our Energy Potential August 2011Ministry of Business, Innovation and EmploymentEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2011–2016 August 2011Ministry of Business, Innovation and EmploymentEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
Refugee Settlement: New Zealand Resettlement StrategyJuly 2013Ministry of Business, Innovation and EmploymentEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
Strategy to 2040: He kai kei aku ringa: The Crown-Māori Economic Growth PartnershipNovember 2012Ministry of Business, Innovation and EmploymentEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tāngata – the Māori Housing Strategy:
Directions 2014 to 2025
July 2014Ministry of Business, Innovation and EmploymentEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
The New Zealand Migrant Settlement and Integration StrategyOctober 2014Ministry of Business, Innovation and EmploymentEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
The Defence White Paper 2016 *
June 2016Ministry of Defence
External Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Strategic Defence Policy Statement July 2018Ministry of Defence
External Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Defence Capability PlanJune 2014 Ministry of DefenceExternal Sector2015 Profile
The International Student Wellbeing StrategyJune 2017Ministry of EducationEducation & Science Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Leadership Statement for International Education, Version OneSeptember 2011Ministry of EducationEducation & Science Sector2015 Profile
Pasifika Education Plan 2013–2017Not KnownMinistry of EducationEducation & Science Sector2015 Profile
Ka Hikitia: Accelerating Success 2013-2017: The Māori Education Strategy2013Ministry of EducationEducation & Science Sector2015 Profile
Tau Mai Te Reo: The Māori Language in Education Strategy 2013–20172013Ministry of EducationEducation & Science Sector2015 Profile
Tertiary Education Strategy 2014–2019March 2014Ministry of EducationEducation & Science Sector2015 Profile
A Nation of Curious Minds, He Whenua Hihiri I Te Mahara: A National
Strategic Plan for Science In Society
July 2014Ministry of EducationEducation & Science Sector2015 Profile
Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2018Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
External Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Our people strategy July 2017 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
External Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand Antarctic & Southern Ocean Science: Directions and Priorities 2010–2020Not KnownMinistry of Foreign Affairs and TradeExternal Sector2015 Profile
International Development Policy Statement: Supporting Sustainable Development [In Developing Countries]March 2011Ministry of Foreign Affairs and TradeExternal Sector2015 Profile
Pharmacy Action Plan: 2016 to 2020 *
May 2016 Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
National Drug Policy 2015 to 2020 *
August 2015Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand Health Strategy: Roadmap of Actions 2016 *
April 2016Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand Cancer Plan: Better, faster cancer care 2015-2018 *
December 2014Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand Cancer Health Information Strategy *
July 2015Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
National Plan for Child Cancer Services in New Zealand *
November 2010Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Living Well with Diabetes: A Plan for people at high risk of or living with diabetes 2015-2020 *
October 2015Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Where I Live; How I Live: Disability Support Services Community Residential Support Services Strategy, 2018 to 2020March 2018Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Whāia Te Ao Mārama 2018 to 2022: The Māori Disability Action PlanMarch 2018Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2017-2021April 2018Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Faiva Ora 2016-2021: Pasifika Disability Strategy August 2017Ministry of Health
Health Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Reduced Waiting Times for Public Hospital Elective ServicesMarch 2000Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
The New Zealand Palliative Care StrategyFebruary 2001Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
The Primary Health Care StrategyFebruary 2001Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
The New Zealand Disability Strategy: Making a World of Difference: Whakanui Oranga April 2001Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy: Phase OneOctober 2001Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Health of Older People StrategyNot KnownMinistry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Youth Health: A Guide to ActionSeptember 2002Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
The New Zealand Cancer Control StrategyAugust 2003Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016June 2006Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Medicines New Zealand: Contributing to Good Health Outcomes for All New Zealanders
December 2007Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
The New Zealand Ambulance Service Strategy: The First Line of Mobile Emergency Intervention in the Continuum of Health CareJune 2009Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm: Six-year Strategic Plan 2010/11–2015/16
May 2010Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Whāia Te Ao Mārama: The Māori Disability Action Plan for Disability Support Services 2012 to 2017August 2012 Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012–2017December 2012Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm: Three-year Service Plan and Levy Rates for 2013/14 to 2015/16May 2013Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016May 2013Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
National Health IT Plan UpdateNovember 2013Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Care Closer to HomeFebruary 2014Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
‘Ala Mo’ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2014–2018June 2014Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
The Guide to He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy 2014June 2014Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Disability Support Services Strategic Plan 2014-2018June 2015Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Implementing Medicines New Zealand 2015 to 2020June 2015Ministry of HealthHealth Sector2015 Profile
Our Maori Strategy - Te Haerenga Not KnownMinistry of JusticeJustice Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Youth Crime Action Plan 2013–2023 Report2013Ministry of JusticeJustice Sector2015 Profile
Māori Housing Network Investment strategy 2015-18Not KnownMinistry of Maori DevelopmentMāori, Other Populations & Cultural
Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Te Rautaki Reo Māori Māori Language Strategy 2014 July 2014Ministry of Maori DevelopmentMāori, Other Populations & Cultural
Sector
2015 Profile
The Pacific Languages FrameworkOctober 2012Ministry of Pacific Island AffairsMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector2015 Profile
2017/18 Social Housing Investment StrategyNot KnownMinistry of Social DevelopmentSocial Development and Housing Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
The New Zealand Positive Ageing StrategyNot KnownMinistry of Social DevelopmentSocial Development and Housing Sector2015 Profile
Pathways to Inclusion: Ngā ara whakauru ki te iwi whānui: Improving Vocational Services for People with DisabilitiesSeptember 2001Ministry of Social DevelopmentSocial Development and Housing Sector2015 Profile
Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa: Action for Child and Youth DevelopmentJanuary 2002Ministry of Social DevelopmentSocial Development and Housing Sector2015 Profile
Delivering Better Public Services: Reducing Long-term Welfare Dependence: Result Action PlanAugust 2012Ministry of Social DevelopmentSocial Development and Housing Sector2015 Profile
Delivering Better Public Services: Supporting Vulnerable Children: Result Action PlanAugust 2012Ministry of Social DevelopmentSocial Development and Housing Sector2015 Profile
Children’s Action Plan: Identifying, Supporting and Protecting Vulnerable Children: The White Paper for Vulnerable ChildrenOctober 2012Ministry of Social DevelopmentSocial Development and Housing Sector2015 Profile
Caring for the Carers – He Atawhai i te Hunga Ngākau Oha o Aotearoa: The New Zealand Carers’ Strategy Action Plan for 2014 to 2018February 2014Ministry of Social DevelopmentSocial Development and Housing Sector2015 Profile
Disability Action Plan 2014-2018: New Zealand's Priorities to Advance Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities and the New Zealand Disability StrategyMay 2014Ministry of Social DevelopmentSocial Development and Housing Sector2015 Profile
Community Investment Strategy, June 2015 June 2015Ministry of Social DevelopmentSocial Development and Housing Sector2015 Profile
Safer Journeys Action Plan 2016-2020 *
March 2016Ministry of Transport
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand Transport Research Strategy 2016-2020Not KnownMinistry of Transport
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
A framework for shaping our transport system: Transport outcomes and mode neutrality June 2018Ministry of Transport
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Government Policy Statement on land transport 2018/19 - 2027/28 June 2018Ministry of Transport
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand Transport Domain Plan July 2016Ministry of Transport
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand International Air Transport Policy August 2012Ministry of Transport
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Transport Outlook: Future State November 2017Ministry of Transport
Economic Development & Infrastructure Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
Safer Journeys: New Zealand’s Road Safety Strategy 2010–2020Not KnownMinistry of TransportEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
National Airspace Policy of New ZealandApril 2012Ministry of TransportEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
Intelligent Transport Systems Technology Action Plan 2014–18: Transport in the Digital AgeMay 2014Ministry of TransportEconomic Development & Infrastructure Sector2015 Profile
Customs 2020 *
September 2015New Zealand Customs Service
External Sector
2016 Profile (WIP)
Leadership Strategy for the State Services November 2013State Services CommissionFinance and Government Administration Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Open Government Partnership New Zealand Action Plan 2016-18 October 2016State Services CommissionFinance and Government Administration Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
2018 Census data quality management strategy July 2017Statistics New ZealandMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
2018 Census Strategy September 2016Statistics New ZealandMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Empowering agencies to use data more effectively March 2018Statistics New ZealandMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
New Zealand Open Data Action Plan March 2018Statistics New ZealandMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Performance Improvement Framework - Review of the Statistics New Zealand December 2014Statistics New ZealandMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Performance Improvement Framework - Follow-up Review of Statistics New Zealand August 2017Statistics New ZealandMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector2018 Profile (WIP)
Transforming the New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings: Issues, Options, and Strategy April 2012Statistics New ZealandMaori, Other Populations & Cultural Sector2015 Profile
He Puna Hao Pātiki: 2018 Investment Statement March 2018The TreasuryFinance and Government Administration Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)
He Tirohanga Mokopuna: 2016 Statement on New Zealand's Long-term Fiscal Position November 2016The TreasuryFinance and Government Administration Sector
2018 Profile (WIP)

 

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