These assets provide more than 159,000m² of commercial office space (2019/20: 225,000m²), the majority of which is located in leased rather than owned premises, to house MSD staff
. These property assets are key in allowing us to engage face to face with clients and provide the back-office support necessary for a large government agency. The assets within the leased space are primarily fitouts, furniture and security assets. We relocated three client-facing offices into new improved premises this year.
We have introduced flexible workspaces in our National Office campus to better reflect the way our people work and to make better use of our space.
We are also working on improving long-term property investment planning, including options to leverage tenure at strategic sites.
We are actively working with the Government Property Group to optimise government office accommodation throughout New Zealand.
We monitor asset performance within two broad categories: software and computer equipment. These play a critical role in ensuring that we can provide services in a timely, reliable and efficient way and in accordance with current government policy and legislation. The services provided through these assets are significant, with over 380 different technology services across a range of applications.
Most of our core applications are now at least 15 years old, with the core payments engine (SWIFTT) 30 years old. The age of these systems means it is increasingly difficult to maintain and support these applications or to deliver policy changes in a timely manner. Some of our software assets are no longer fully supported by the supplier and need to be enhanced or replaced.