The strategic framework sets out what the Ministry is seeking to achieve for the transport system.

Objective – our objective is to develop a transport system that maximises the economic and social benefits for New Zealand and minimises harm.

Long-term outcomes – the long-term outcomes describe the ‘future state’, on which the Ministry focuses, and strongly align with the government’s objectives for the transport system. The long-term outcomes are expected to be achieved over the next 20 or more years, as a consequence of the contributions made by the Ministry and a wide range of other stakeholders and transport system users. We can measure the progress the transport system is making towards those outcomes annually through our long-term indicators.

Ministry intermediate outcomes – intermediate outcomes also describe a ‘future state’ for the transport system and are important steps to achieving the long-term outcomes. The intermediate outcomes are expected to be achieved over the next 10 or so years, with contributions made by a wide range of participants in the transport system. While the progress that the transport system is making towards the intermediate outcomes can be measured annually, the nature of the outcomes means that progress is best viewed over a longer time period, for example, to avoid misinterpretation of results due to one-off impacts.

Ministry impacts – Ministry impacts describe how the Ministry’s work will affect the transport system. They describe the intended results from the Ministry’s work. The Ministry can achieve its intended impacts through its own efforts and is not dependent on other organisations undertaking particular actions. However, other organisations may also undertake work that contributes to the impacts. The Ministry’s projects and activities are our specific ‘outputs’ (work programmes) that will deliver our impacts. See the Appendix for a list of the impacts.

Projects, impacts and intermediate outcomes can all contribute to more than one item in the next higher level of the framework. However, for simplicity, we have shown the main relationships.

Sector-wide outcomes – the strategic framework outlined above was developed to reflect the outcomes and impacts that government (past, present and future) is typically seeking from its involvement in transport. It can be used to help understand the rationale for all interventions and agencies of government that have a transport focus. Our aim is for this framework to be used by all the government’s transport agencies. We have commenced engagement with these agencies in the expectation that this framework will be progressively used and reflected in their Statements of Intent to help explain the underlying rationale for their strategic intent.
Diagram showing the strategic framework for transport

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