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Overview

The Department of Labour’s primary role is to improve the performance of the labour market and, through this, strengthen the economy and increase the standard of living for those in New Zealand. We:

  • support employers and employees to create safe, fair and rewarding workplaces
  • support regions and industries and employers to develop a skilled, innovative and productive workforce
  • research opportunities to develop the workforce and workplaces
  • develop our international connections by assisting the flow of people to New Zealand
  • influence and lead international thinking and practice on labour market, national security and refugee issues.

To ensure we work consistently towards Outcomes for New Zealand, and deliver connected customer services right across the sector, we have created a new strategic leadership team.

Our responsibilities include:

  • delivering services and information that support productive workplaces, and workforce and community participation, to employers, employees, workplaces, communities, businesses and unions
  • providing policy advice and analysis to government on labour and employment related matters
  • providing advice to government on the performance of other agencies that impact on communities and people's working lives
  • managing international relationships