Every Government has its own priorities. The Ministry’s outcome framework displays the overall desired outcomes for the New Zealand transport system and helps us to show the rationale for particular interventions that will contribute to achieving these outcomes.

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Government transport agencies’ focus for transport

Our overall desired outcome for transport is to deliver a transport system that maximises economic and social benefits for New Zealand, and reduces harm.

Long-term outcomes for the transport system

The long-term outcomes describe the ‘future state’ of the transport system and provide focus for the Ministry and other transport agencies.

These long-term outcomes are expected to be achieved over the next 20 or more years, as a consequence of contributions made by the Ministry and a wide range of stakeholders and transport system users. We aim to measure the progress the transport system is making towards those outcomes annually, through a common set of performance measures shared between the transport agencies. (See pages 26 to 29 of this report).

Ministry intermediate outcomes2

Ministry intermediate outcomes also describe a ‘future state’ for the transport system and are important steps to achieving the long-term outcomes. These are closely aligned with the Minister’s priorities for transport.

The intermediate outcomes are expected to be achieved over approximately 10 years. While the progress 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.

Ministry impacts

Ministry impacts describe how the Ministry’s work will affect the transport system. These 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’ that will deliver our impacts.

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

The outputs and associated intermediate outcomes and impacts are detailed in the ‘End-of-year performance information’ section of this report from page 77.

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2The Ministry completed a review of its intermediate outcomes and impacts in 2014, and from 2015/16 onwards is working to a new set of four intermediate results which have been published in the Ministry’s 2015 Statement of Intent.