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11.3 The Commission's intended approach

As outlined above and in accordance with its Terms of Reference, the Commission will examine in greater detail issues around public sector performance and accountability in its Phase Two work.

This work will build on aspects of the Commission’s Phase One work as outlined in this report and identify further opportunities for reform including prospects for:

  • clearer accountabilities and better alignment of roles and responsibilities;
  • increased spans of control and reduced layers of management;
  • improved performance measurement and better performance management; and
  • greater efficiencies in corporate and support functions across government.

The Commission has been provided with preliminary information suggesting there is scope for substantial savings to government by pursuing reforms in these four areas.

The Commission will also report in its Phase Two work on the proposed accountability framework associated with the introduction of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 which is scheduled to take effect from 1 July 2014.