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Success for public sector staff and agencies means being more customer-centred in their thinking and in the way they communicate with the public. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is working now to figure out how government websites can best contribute to that success.


Deputy Prime Minister Hon Bill English

The shift in public services to organisation around the customer, rather than by government department, will last for your professional lifetime … the public expects results, and results that are relevant to them.

State Sector and Public Finance Reform BillBetter Public Services


So DIA looked into how government agencies organise service information and transactions across more 550 government websites (and growing). We wanted to figure out if it was worth reducing the number of sites and removing the duplication of content: would this make it easier for people to deal with government?

The Web Consolidation Strategic Assessment found that the proliferation of government websites was confusing for customers and inefficient for agencies. DIA recommended agencies adopt more collaborative modes of creating content. So the question now is: what’s the best way to do that? Is it practicable for agencies to collaborate to create content that makes it easier for customers to find, understand and use information across government websites?


  • develop content for older people, and the ‘Birth of a Child’ life event
  • improve user journeys across agency sites, using analytics and other data sources to identify what’s not working
  • investigate further opportunities.
Service Innovation Working GroupGovernment Chief Information Officer’s Partnership Framework

What’s next

Working with, the C3GI team will devise and test processes, systems and standards for developing and maintaining cross-agency content. The results will inform any plans for future optimisation and consolidation of the government web domain.

In the next few months, we will work with the Ministry of Social Development and its partner agencies on the first tranche of content for older people. We will also report back to the Service Innovation Working Group on the initial findings from our analysis on the user journeys across agency sites.

As things progress, you’ll hear more about what C3GI is learning. If you have any questions, please let me know:

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