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Vote Internal Affairs
The Minister of Internal Affairs is the Vote Minister and the Responsible Minister overseeing the Government’s ownership interests in the Department. This role includes responsibility for Vote Internal Affairs, accountability for the overall performance of the Department, and responsibility for tabling the Department’s Statement of Intent and Annual Report in the House of Representatives.
Portfolio appropriations are managed under Vote Internal Affairs. The Vote structure provides some flexibility and opportunities for moving resources to meet Government priorities. The total Vote for 2020/21 is $1,158 million.2 Figure 1 shows how the total Vote is split between portfolios. Vote Internal Affairs includes operating and capital components. Figure 2 shows departmental and non-departmental operating and capital appropriations.3 Further detail about portfolio appropriations is set out in your portfolio BIM.
Recent Budget rounds have provided new funding across most Portfolios. Budget 2020 resulted in Vote Internal Affairs receiving an increase of $354 million in operating and capital funding over four years, including $23 million operating funding and $1.7 million capital funding over four years to meet core statutory responsibilities for Archives New Zealand and the National Library of New Zealand. Budget 2020 also resulted in $146.9 million tagged contingency capital funding for Tāhuhu: Preserving the Nation’s Memory, a multi-year programme seeking to upgrade and expand the physical infrastructure, storage capacity, and digital support for Archives New Zealand, the National Library, and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. As well as delivering these much-needed upgrades, Tāhuhu will create an estimated 340 jobs in relation to the Heke Rua Archives Wellington construction project.
Figure 1: Vote Internal Affairs 2020/21
Figure 2: Departmental and non-departmental operating and capital appropriations
The response to COVID-19 has also seen post-budget funding decisions as part of the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. For example, the Government announced a funding package of $761.4 million to provide immediate economic stimulus to local authorities to maintain and improve Three Waters infrastructure, to support reform of local government water services delivery arrangements, and to support the establishment of Taumata Arowai, the new water services regulator. Another significant allocation is $51.3 million over two years for Fire and Emergency New Zealand to rebuild or upgrade 26 fire stations around the country.
In addition to Crown funding, the Department receives third party revenue through fees that are charged for some of the services that it provides. Notable services that are funded in this way include the ongoing operating costs of issuing passports, the provision of birth, death, marriage, and civil union products and services, and the cost of administration and regulation of casino and non-casino gaming. The Department works to ensure that the memorandum accounts for this third-party revenue are tightly managed to ensure the ongoing financial sustainability of our products and services.
Portfolio Ministers work with the Vote Minister to agree on priorities in each year’s Budget. A collaborative approach is important for supporting reprioritisation decisions, especially for multi-category appropriations within the Vote.4 The Department supports the Vote Minister and Portfolio Ministers to work together to decide on any necessary trade-offs. Reprioritisation decisions can occur at any time, but generally occur at Baseline Updates in March and October, and at the main Budget.
The total 2020/21 value for Vote Internal Affairs includes a significant level of funding that is time limited for the 2020/21 year only, including much of the resource approved through the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund packages and for delivering ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure projects. The Department will provide advice on the status of these projects and their respective funding to support Ministers in any forthcoming Budget planning.
Ministers also work together to support Parliamentary scrutiny. The Department works with the Vote Minister and Portfolio Ministers to ensure a coordinated approach to the review of Estimates of Appropriations, following the Budget, and annual review of the Department’s performance.
Return to footnote 2 referrer All appropriations taken from the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update 2020. All figures are rounded.
Return to footnote 3 referrer Departmental operating appropriations are for outputs and expenditure incurred by the Department (e.g. policy advice and regulatory services). The Department is responsible to the Minister for what is achieved with departmental appropriations. Departmental capital appropriations are for development of assets by, and for the use of, the Department. This appropriation sits in the Internal Affairs portfolio but funds all portfolios. Non-departmental appropriations are for outputs provided by external suppliers (e.g. Rates Rebate Scheme delivered by each council (operating), purchases for the Alexander Turnbull Library collections (capital).
Return to footnote 4 referrer A multi-category appropriation is a single appropriation made up of multiple categories (which can be different types of expenditure including output expenses, other expenses, and non-departmental capital expenditure) that all contribute to the same overarching purpose.