What we do matters

Transport is essential for the lives of every New Zealander. It allows us to access economic and social opportunities within New Zealand and across the globe.

The Ministry of Transport is the government’s chief policy adviser on transport. We provide advice on the funding, investment and regulatory arrangements needed to support a sound transport system, including land, aviation and maritime transport.

In all our actions, we strive to deliver on our purpose of: ensuring our transport system helps New Zealand thrive.

We work towards our greatest imaginable challenge to: create the environment to double the value from transport initiatives.

As a policy ministry, it is our role to provide strategic sector knowledge, day-to-day transport advice, and a programme of work that meets the Government’s priorities of the day. We work closely with transport Crown agencies to deliver results.

As a flexible and responsive ministry, we believe that:

  • transport connects us: it is vital to society and the economy
  • we see the big picture of transport
  • we shape the transport system for the long term
  • we ensure quality, innovation and value in everything we do
  • we deliver results by working with and through others
  • we are a great place to work

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MoT is a great place to work

The Ministry prides itself on maintaining a work culture that is supportive, encourages learning, and recognises success.

We demonstrate our spirit and character by being:

  • influential
  • rigorous
  • savvy
  • courageous
  • collaborative
  • aspirational
  • caring

The highest engagement in the public sector

We have measured engagement using Gallup’s engagement survey. In 2015, the Ministry received the highest staff engagement score in the public sector.

The Ministry has a focus on continuing to improve levels of engagement through:

  • providing challenging work
  • regular performance discussions between managers and staff
  • offering targeted development opportunities
  • communicating regularly across the business
  • refreshing tools and business systems to better enable staff to do their jobs
  • celebrating success

A unique operating model

The Ministry uses a professional services model, where all staff have a sector team but can be allocated to projects based on their knowledge and ability to deliver the work.

This system provides opportunities for staff to develop their knowledge and experience by working on a range of policy projects. This hands-on learning provides career development, while also enabling the Ministry to respond to the demands of changing priorities by operating flexibly.

The professional services way of working is critical to our success. We have transformed from an organisation with a rigid structure where knowledge was siloed, to a far more flexible operating model where staff can be mobilised to priority projects and deliver on the issues that really matter to the government, and ultimately, all New Zealanders.

Professional development opportunities

The Ministry is committed to growing and developing staff through on-the-job experience, rotation opportunities, internal, cross-government and international secondments or acting in a different role.

The Ministry strives to produce the highest quality policy advice. To do this we offer structured development opportunities for staff. The Ministry provides in-house training such as workshops, as well as working with external consultants or linking into cross-government training programmes where available. We also collaborate with the wider transport sector on development and training initiatives.

Valuing our people

The Ministry is committed to inclusive work practices and culture. We have a robust recruitment approach and base appointments on merit. All staff are valued and treated equitably and with respect, whatever their gender, ethnicity, social background, sexual orientation or disability.

Our graduate programme

The Ministry is a small, connected department with multiple opportunities for recent graduates to gain experience and make their mark. Our graduate advisers receive a strong grounding in policy frameworks and diverse policy experience that will set them up for a successful career in policy.

During their first year, graduates have the opportunity to participate in the applied Policy Adviser Development (a-PAD) programme. The programme provides foundation knowledge and skills for policy advisers from public sector agencies. It brings together theory and practice – drawing on the knowledge and expertise of both academics and senior public sector practitioners. Individuals are awarded a Victoria University Post-graduate Certificate in Public Policy following satisfactory completion of four courses.

Keep your eye on SEEK, Unihub and this page for 2017 Ministry of Transport Graduate programme opening and closing dates.

To find out more about what we look for in our graduates, check out our Graduate Programme.

Our people

At the Ministry of Transport, we are working to ensure our transport system helps New Zealand thrive. Our people are intelligent, collaborative and passionate about what they do.

Learn more about some of our staff, their roles and what drives them by clicking on the photo tiles below:

Mike Han
Graduate Adviser

Dr Roopali Johri
Senior Adviser

Gavin Middleton
Team Leader

Richard Cross
Policy Manager