During 2017/18, the Ministry developed a new transport Outcomes Framework, which was incorporated in draft form in the Ministry’s 2018-2022 Statement of Intent (SOI), published in May. This Annual Report presents our performance in the context of this SOI.

Transport Outcomes Framework

The way that government designs, develops, and manages the transport system has major impacts—not just on how people and products travel, but on many other outcomes. For example, transport affects our health, social development, economic prosperity, global connectivity, the liveability of our towns and cities, and the quality of our environment. Government therefore needs to take a strategic and integrated approach to transport. 

In early 2018 the Ministry led the development of an outcomes framework. This gives direction to the transport system, with a high level purpose of improving wellbeing and liveability. It sets out five connected outcomes to collectively deliver on New Zealanders’ aspirations. These outcomes are: inclusive access, economic prosperity, healthy and safe people, environmental sustainability, and resilience and security.

The framework also identifies a guiding principle of mode neutrality. All transport modes should be considered when planning, regulating, and funding transport, and decisions should be based on the merits of modes for delivering positive outcomes. 

We recognise that we will sometimes need to make trade offs between different outcomes. However, at all times we should seek to optimise the benefits across all outcomes.

Many stakeholders in the transport sector and across government were involved in developing the framework. It has strong support among transport agencies. The emphasis on improving wellbeing is also consistent with the new Living Standards Framework that Treasury is developing.


In 2018/19 the Ministry is developing a set of indicators to measure and track progress in each outcome area.


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