Proceeds of Crime Fund

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This page provides information on the Proceeds of Crime Fund (PoCF). All information is correct as at 1 August 2019. For any questions, please contact the PoCF Secretariat at PoCF@justice.govt.nz.

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Background of the Fund

The PoCF was established in 2009, and from April 2019 has been administered by the PoCF Secretariat within the Ministry of Justice. It is a contestable fund for initiatives that meet criteria set by Cabinet.

The criteria set by Cabinet in March 2019 are:

  • Expansion of alcohol and other drug treatment services;
  • Initiatives to fight organised criminal groups dealing in methamphetamine and other drugs;
  • Initiatives to address mental health issues within the criminal justice system;
  • Initiatives that address crime-related harm to communities and improve community wellbeing.

The Cabinet paper and the related Cabinet minute under which the PoCF operates are available here.

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Process for submitting funding proposals

Funding proposals can be submitted twice each year by 39 public and non-public service departments (as defined by the State Services Commission – see the list of eligible agencies). Other government agencies or non-government organisations can partner with an eligible department to submit applications to the fund. The specific process for submitting a funding proposal is as follows:

  • Early March and August: The Ministry of Justice sends out an email to advise agencies that a funding round has commenced. This will include the specific timeline, criteria, and the initial proposal template for that round.
  • Mid-late March and August: Agencies develop funding proposals and complete the Proceeds of Crime Fund initial proposal template [DOCX, 24 KB]. The completed templates are sent to the PoCF Secretariat at PoCF@justice.govt.nz.
  • April/May and September/October: The Reviewers Group of senior officials reviews the initial proposals and provides feedback on which proposals should be developed into full funding proposals. The Reviewers Group then reviews the funding proposals and develops recommendations on which proposals should receive funding. The PoCF Secretariat compiles the recommendations in a briefing to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, and the Minister of Justice.
  • June and November: The Prime Minister and the Fund Ministers review the briefing and make decisions on which funding proposals will receive funding. The PoCF Secretariat then informs agencies of those decisions.

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Reporting requirements

All successful funding proposals are required to provide regular reporting information to the PoCF Secretariat for six-monthly performance reports. The process for performance reporting is as follows:

  • Early January and July: The PoCF Secretariat contacts the leads of successful and ongoing funding proposals to request information for performance reporting.
  • Mid-late January and July: Agencies provide performance information back to the PoCF Secretariat.
  • February and August: The PoCF Secretariat develops the six-monthly performance report in consultation with agencies.
  • March and September: The six-monthly performance report is completed and provided to the Fund Ministers.

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Eligible agencies

39 public and non-public service departments are eligible to submit funding proposals to the PoCF. These agencies are listed in the table below.

Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment Oranga Tamariki — Ministry for Children
Department of Conservation Ministry for Pacific Peoples
Department of Corrections Ministry for Primary Industries
Crown Law Office Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Ministry for Culture and Heritage Serious Fraud Office
Ministry of Defence Ministry of Social Development
Ministry of Education State Services Commission
Education Review Office Statistics New Zealand
Ministry for the Environment Ministry of Transport
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade The Treasury
Government Communications Security Bureau Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa — Pike River Recovery Agency
Ministry of Health Ministry for Women
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Social Investment Agency
Inland Revenue Department Te Arawhiti — Māori Crown Relations
Department of Internal Affairs New Zealand Defence Force
Ministry of Justice New Zealand Police
Land Information New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office
Te Puni Kokiri - Ministry of Māori Development Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives
New Zealand Customs Service Parliamentary Service
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service  

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Indicative timing for funding and reporting cycles

Proceeds of Crime Fund circle calendar

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