Assessing the Defence system

Since 2014, we have been preparing more detailed reports that are data and information driven. Through these reports we aim to provide recommendations that are practical and will result in positive change within the Defence system.

Our assessments include reporting on gender equity in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), recognising the role of Defence industry in the New Zealand economy, and investigating opportunities to improve the recruiting process and training for new recruits in all three Services.

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Military women

The review Maximising Opportunities for Military Women in the New Zealand Defence Force found that in the last 15 years there has been much of progress in gender equity in the NZDF.

Recommendations were made to:

  • recruit the best personnel by focusing on a broader potential candidate pool
  • expand systems to increase women’s retention
  • improve pathways for women to gain senior leadership roles
  • further reduce discrimination, harassment and bullying, particularly in recruit training.
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Defence recruit training

The review Assessing the Quality of Recruit Training in the New Zealand Defence Force looks into what aspects of the initial training for new recruits were working well and how the system could be improved. The review found that while training programmes are demanding, both physically and mentally, most recruits find the experience positive. 

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Defence recruitment process

Recruitment: Barriers and Opportunities for Military Candidates examines the experiences of a group of applicants to the NZDF as they progressed throughout the recruitment process. This was to understand who makes it through recruitment and the challenges faced by applicants during this process, as well as to investigate whether there were different experiences for candidates by gender and ethnic group.

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Defence industry

The report Optimising the New Zealand Industry Involvement in the New Zealand Defence Sector looks at whether there is further opportunity to optimise the involvement of New Zealand industry in supplying the New Zealand Defence sector. The recommendations in this report are not about changing Government procurement policy. It identifies ways, within the Government Rules of Sourcing, to adapt and improve our practice and processes so that New Zealand businesses have the best possible chance to supply Defence, while Defence achieves the best value for money.

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Hazardous substances

The Defence Force’s controls around hazardous substances are audited approximately every three years. Hazardous substances include things like ammunition, explosives, gases, flammable liquids and toxic material. The audit Hazardous substances: Management in the New Zealand Defence Force found that the Defence Force has a generally effective system for managing hazardous substances but made three recommendations related to improving the Code of Practice, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and strengthening system level controls.

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