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Statement of service performance class 2

Official statistics multi-class output appropriation

Output Class 2: Population, social, and labour force statistical information services

Description
Through this output expense Statistics New Zealand provides statistical information relating to New Zealand’s society, as mandated by the Statistics Act 1975. This work contributes to the building of trust and confidence in official statistics through assuring the delivery of fit-for-purpose statistical outputs.
Scope
The scope of this output class includes the delivery of statistical information services relating to the population, household economics, social conditions, and the labour force.
Performance information
Performance measure Performance standard 2011/12 Actual 2012/13 Actual Comments
Quantity
Statistical releases 

91

96

84

The Purchase and Performance Agreement 2012/13 updated the performance standard to 82. There were two extra releases in the 2012/13 year, see below for more information.

New Zealand Period Life Tables: 2010–12.

Survey of Working Life: December 2012 quarter.

Survey-based releases

10

11

11

One extra survey-based release was published in 2012/13, that was not included in the 2012/13 Purchase and Performance Agreement. This was the Survey of Working Life: December 2012 quarter.

Quality
Statistical releases are free from such significant error that they require a public correction notice to be published.(1) 99% free from significant error.

100%

100%

Users trust official statistics.

A majority of a sample of the public trust official statistics. 75% of government users almost always trust population statistics and 61% of government users almost always trust labour force statistics.(2) 72% of business users almost always trust population statistics and 67% of business users almost always trust labour force statistics.(3) The first Use and Trust in Official Statistics Survey was run in 2010, focusing on the public as a key user group. We used the results to set benchmarks for targets in 2011–14. In 2011 a second survey focused on government users, and in 2012 a third survey focused on business users. We plan to repeat this as a rolling three-year cycle.
Survey-based releases meet their target response rate, as agreed with the Minister in the Purchase and Performance Agreement. 100% met target response rate.

64%

55%

Five survey-based releases did not meet their target response rates, see details below.

Household Labour Force Survey releases for the June 2012, September 2012, December 2012, and
March 2013 quarters; and Quarterly Employment Survey: March 2013 quarter.

There was no significant impact on the data quality of these five releases not meeting response rate targets.

Timeliness
Statistical releases are published on the advertised date as agreed with the Minister in the Purchase and Performance Agreement.  100% published on the advertised date.

93.3%

98.8%

One release did not meet its timeliness standard, as shown below.

Serious Injury Outcome Indicators: 2000–2011 (rescheduled due to quality concerns about the release).

Footnote 1. A significant error is one that affects a high priority output, may mislead economic or social policy decisions or commentary, or changes a headline figure or indicator.
Footnote 2. Note these figures are weighted.
Footnote 3. Note these figures are weighted, but come from a relatively small number of respondents. See Official Statistics System outcome: An informed society using official statistics for more information.

For more information on the initiatives that support the measures within ‘Output class 2: population, social, and labour force statistical information services’ see Transform the way we deliver our statistics’.

Revenue and output expenses

2012 Actual

2013 Actual

2013 Supplementary estimates

2013 Main estimates

$000

 

$000

$000

$000

42,052

Revenue from the Crown 

55,650

54,005

47,605

1,555

Other revenue

1,389

2,944

2,944

43,607

Total operating revenue

57,039

56,948

50,548

41,326

Total output expenditure

57,612

56,948

50,548

2,281

Net operating surplus/(deficit)

(573)

-

-

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