Cabinet agreed to establish an Implementation Unit located in DPMC in late 2020 and it began operation in June 2021. The Deputy Prime Minister has been delegated the responsibility for the Unit by the Prime Minister. The Unit’s purpose is to ensure that the Deputy Prime Minister, responsible ministers, Cabinet, responsible public servants, and central agencies know, accurately and regularly whether selected priority programmes are on track to deliver their intended outputs and benefits in their intended timeframes – and, if they are not, to work with the responsible minister and agency to identify what needs to be done to bring the programme back on track and follow up to ensure these actions are taken.
There are six priority programmes for the Unit to focus on at this time – Jobs for Nature, the Budget 2019 Mental Health and Addiction Package, Infrastructure Reference Group projects; New Zealand Upgrade Programme (Transport); Housing Programme (Emergency and Transitional Housing); Carbon Neutral Government Programme. The scope varies across each of these. The commissioning notes for these programmes are being proactively released in October 2021.