Annual Report 2017 — Part one

Section 19B reports

The Vote Education and Vote Tertiary Education Section 19B Reports in Relation to Non-Departmental Appropriations for the year ended 30 June 2017 were presented to the House in accordance with section 19B of the Public Finance Act 1989.

Vote Education Section 19B Report 2016-2017 [PDF, 417 KB]

Vote Tertiary Education Section 19B Report 2016-2017 [PDF, 520 KB]

Parts 2 and 3 of the Annual Report 2017

Download the full Annual Report 2017 to view:

  • Part 2 — Our performance information
  • Part 3 — Annual financial statements.

Annual Report 2017 [PDF, 1.3 MB]


This section outlines our key achievements during 2016/17 and how our work delivered against the priorities set out in the Ministry’s Statement of Intent, Ambitious for New Zealand, Four Year Plan 2016-2020. The strategic framework for the organisation was updated during 2016/17 and is summarised in our ‘Plan-on-a-Page’, set out on the next page. It shows how the work we do will lead to the outcomes we seek for education in New Zealand.

The following sections report on progress against our three desired long term outcomes:

  • The education system is relevant and reaches all children and students
  • Every child and student achieves educational success
  • New Zealanders have skills and knowledge for work and life.

In Ambitious for New Zealand, Four Year Plan 2016-2020 we identified five key indicators which provide a litmus test of the Ministry’s progress in raising achievement:

  • Indicator 1: Increase participation in early childhood education (ECE) (see page 19)
  • Indicator 2: Increase the proportion of enrolled students at or above National Standards levels (see pages 21 and 22)
  • Indicator 3: Increase the proportion of 18 year olds with NCEA Level 2 or equivalent qualifications (see page 23)
  • Indicator 4: Increase the proportion of 25 to 34 year olds with advanced trade qualifications, diplomas and degrees (at Level 4 or above) (see page 33)
  • Indicator 5: Decrease the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training (see pages 35).

Progress against these is reported under the relevant outcome.

These high level measures are supported by a comprehensive set of performance measures across all Ministry activity set out in the Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations and the Supplementary Estimates. Results for these 2016/17 performance measures are reported in Part 2 – Our performance information.

We conclude by reporting on progress against our stewardship intentions and provide an update on organisational health and capability.

Four Year 'Plan-on-a-page"

Four Year 'Plan-on-a-page".

  • Long description for four year 'plan-on-a-page'
    • The education system is a major contributor to:

      • Social and cultural participation and wellbeing
      • Economic prosperity and growth

      Long term outcomes

      So that:

      • The education system is relevant and reaches all children and students
      • Every child and student achieves educational success
      • New Zealanders have skills and knowledge for work and life

      Intermediate objectives

      Then we will see…

      • High quality regulatory, funding and institutional arrangements
      • High quality curriculum and qualification frameworks
      • Information and data enabling good decision-making
      • High quality infrastructure
      • High participation and engagement
      • All learners achieving and progressing to their potential
      • Informed and supportive parents, whānau, iwi, communities and employers
      • Effective teaching and educational leadership
      • Skills match labour market needs
      • Internationally credible skills and institutions
      • Socially and culturally confident and competent people
      • High quality research and innovation

      Our intentions

      We will deliver:

      Our stewardship intentions
      • More effective collaboration with the sector and other partners
      • Use and share data and evidence to improve decision making
      • Better targeting of investment
      • Better tailoring of services
      • Better advice to government
      Priorities in education
      • Improving student centred pathways - Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako
      • Implementing Education Act Update
      • Reviewing funding systems
      • Lifting the quality of teaching and leadership
      • Strengthening inclusion
      • Improving and developing our engagement with parents, whānau, communities and employers
      • Supporting the system to maximise opportunities of digital technology
      • Enhancing education physical infrastructure
      • Supporting the teaching workforce
      Priorities in tertiary education
      • Delivering skills for industry
      • Getting at-risk young people into a career
      • Boosting achievement of Māori and Pasifika
      • Improving adult literacy and numeracy
      • Strengthening research based institutions
      • Growing international linkages

      How we will operate

      • Strong leadership and clear strategic direction
      • Capable and motivated staff
      • Good financial and resource management
      • Good information management systems and processes