New Zealand has high and enduring rates of family violence and sexual violence. These affect hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders every year and contribute to poor economic, cultural, and social outcomes for some of our most vulnerable and marginalised communities.
In September 2018, the government announced the formation of the Joint Venture for Family Violence and Sexual Violence (the joint venture). The joint venture is accountable for significantly reducing family violence and sexual violence. The agencies’ chief executives are collectively responsible for transforming the way government agencies work together to achieve this.
The joint venture approach involves new ministerial arrangements, new public service governance arrangements, and new ways for agencies to work – both together, and with Māori and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) in the family violence and sexual violence sector.
In this document, the Office of the Auditor-General takes an early look at this new way of working. Recommendations for how the joint venture can be improved are also made.
- The Board of the joint venture continues work to ensure that all parties to the joint venture, from Ministers to staff in individual agencies, understand their roles and the roles of others in the joint venture.
- The Board of the joint venture continue work to clarify, affirm, and communicate the role, authority, and function of the Director and the joint venture’s business unit;
- The joint venture, led by the Board and the Director, continues its work with Ministers and Māori to agree on what partnership looks like in the context of the joint venture;
- The joint venture, led by the Board and the Director, work with stakeholders from the family violence and sexual violence sector to consider and agree on how they will work together
- The Board of the joint venture ensure that the joint venture has sufficient and appropriate resources to deliver the transformational change it was set up to achieve.