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At the Ministry of Transport our purpose is enabling New Zealanders to flourish, he whakamana i a Aotearoa kia momoho.

At the heart of our purpose is people. Not just planes, trains and automobiles. Or drones, rockets and e-scooters for that matter. We’re all about how people move now, and in the future.

Transport touches people’s lives in many ways and directly affects our wellbeing. It provides people with access to social and economic opportunities, and plays a crucial role in supporting the productivity of our economy.

Our vision is a transport system that provides inclusive access, economic prosperity, resilience and security, environmental sustainability and healthy and safe people. This is a wide ranging mandate, and one which we take really seriously.

Internally, our people span age groups, cultures, backgrounds and experiences. That’s part of what makes our environment – and our work – so interesting, challenging and fun.

People pitch in around here. We‘re small enough that you have the opportunity to get involved in most things going, and to work with a variety of people at all levels – from the Minister, to the CE, DCE’s, Principals, and across Groups and variety of Teams. Your title doesn’t hold you back here. In our corporate areas you have the opportunity to help shape a high performing organisation, and in policy you get to shape NZ’s transport future.

Your career can flourish here. For those new to the public sector, this is a great place to start your journey – you’ll have opportunities galore to see how NZ’s democratic processes operate and how passionate your colleagues are about making a difference in NZ. For those who are looking to take the lead on significant work, we have plenty of that and a very large and productive sector to work alongside, influence and achieve with. We’re interested in great thinking, bold ideas and brave approaches, at any level.

When you join our team, you’ll automatically be part of our social club, providing a wide range of opportunities to link up with the rest of us. Our waiata group is proud to lead us when we sing our powerful Te Manatū Waka Waiata. Our employee networks are welcoming, and have a strong voice to help guide our direction.

Our new office environment has allowed us to utilise our spaces in ways that work for us. We have ample space for the bikes, e-bikes and facilities to keep our people fresh. Even if you’re not a staunch exerciser, it’s hard to resist getting out and about in Wellington when you’re right on the harbour - or to head to the shops around the Auckland Policy Office.

We are trusted to perform. We dress for our day, choosing what’s appropriate for the situation. We can work flexibly, knowing that the effort we give to make this is work is rewarded through the ability to balance our life’s passions with delivering our outcomes. We are fully mobile, and set up to work in ways which suit us best. We work collaboratively and our work spaces reflect this.

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Our Application Process

Keep an eye on our careers page for any vacancies that are advertised. We normally advertise our roles for about two weeks.

Our application processes generally follow the below steps:

  1. Apply online! Complete our application form and submit your CV and cover letter. Make sure you clearly outline why you want to work with us in particular, how your skills and experience match our position requirements and how this move will help you develop your career.
  2. After the vacancy has closed, the hiring manager will look through all the applications and put together a shortlist based on how well your skills and experience match what we are looking for.
  3. Next, we want to learn more about you. If you are shortlisted, you may be contacted for a phone screen or be scheduled for an interview. Our interviews, with a diverse panel of three, normally last about an hour and are made up of behavioural based interview questions. For some of our interviews we ask candidates to complete a written exercise and submit via email to the interview panellists beforehand. Don’t worry, you will be given plenty of time to complete this before the interview.
  4. If you are the preferred candidate at the end of the interview processes, we will contact you to organise psychometric testing. These tests will be made up of verbal, numerical and logical reasoning and a personality test. You can let us know if you require support with these.      
  5. Next, the hiring manager will conduct reference checks. We like to talk to two referees, one being your current manager.
  6. Finally, we make an offer. The hiring manager will make a verbal offer to you and this will be followed up with formal paperwork from the HR team.
  7. We will plan a comprehensive on boarding program for your first day, week and 90 days ahead. You will be paired up with a buddy who will support you during this process and be given all the tools to set you up for success at the Ministry of Transport.

Our people

At the Ministry of Transport, we are working to ensure our transport system helps New Zealand thrive. Our people are intelligent, collaborative and passionate about what they do.

Learn more about some of our staff, their roles and what drives them by clicking here.

Security Clearances

At the Ministry, all staff are required to complete a Ministry of Justice check before coming on board. Some staff however will require specific security clearance to enable them to carry out their role. The job advertisement and job description will advise you of the security clearance you will need. To check whether you may be eligible for security clearance use this tool. If you come on board, the Ministry will make the application on your behalf.