The four long-term outcomes are supported by six intermediate outcomes that provide the Ministry with a focus for improvement in the transport system over the next 10 or so years. Stability in the choice of our intermediate outcomes enables us to monitor the progress the transport system is making over time.
However, in response to changing government priorities, the Ministry can adjust its level of focus on any aspect of our outcomes. We do this through the choice of Ministry impacts and the work programmes that underpin them. We understand not everything can be a priority and that the government, rightly, determines the Ministry’s priorities. The balance within our work programmes reflects government priorities, as agreed with the Minister of Transport.
However, the link between our work programmes and our impacts and outcomes is complex. In practice, many of our policy initiatives contribute to more than one impact or intermediate outcome. For example, our work to implement the new public transport operating model is expected to lead to increased levels of public transport use. This will improve the operation of our transport markets and, at the same time, contribute to decreased environmental harms from the transport system.
The key elements of the Ministry’s three-year work programme
The next section of the Statement of Intent sets out the key elements of the Ministry’s three-year work programme under each of our six intermediate outcomes. It includes the intended impacts from our work and the main projects and the performance measures that we will use to measure progress in our annual report.