Employment Strategy

The Employment Strategy presents the Government’s vision for the labour market and the changes it is implementing to improve employment outcomes for all New Zealanders.

The Strategy recognises that good employment outcomes are influenced by a range of Government policy settings, and describes how the Government is intending to improve employment outcomes through the range of reforms it has underway to:

  • build a skilled workforce
  • support industries and regions to thrive  
  • support workplaces to modernise
  • support workers and businesses to be resilient and adaptable in the face of the changing nature of work
  • support more inclusive employment

The strategy sets out a roadmap for a series of Action Plans to ensure that those who consistently experience poor labour market outcomes have the support they need develop their skills, and achieve their potential with fulfilling careers.

Employment Action Plans

We have a strong economy with low unemployment. But there are talented young people, disabled people, Māori, Pacific peoples, older workers and job seekers, refugees, recent migrants and ethnic communities who are not getting the chance they need.

A key focus of the Strategy is to more inclusive employment outcomes, and sets out a roadmap for a series of Action Plans focused on improving outcomes for these groups:

The first Action Plan, the Youth Employment Action Plan sets out a programme of actions for government agencies to improve education, training and employment outcomes.

Action Plans to improve employment outcomes for disabled peoples, Māori, Pacific peoples, older workers and job seekers, refugees, recent migrants and ethnic communities will follow.

Last updated: 12 August 2019