Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues

The Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues provides leadership and accountability for implementing the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

It sets a coherent direction for disability issues and priorities for action across government. The Ministerial Committee is chaired by the Minister for Disability Issues and has other key ministers as members.

Ministers are supported by the Chief Executives' Group on Disability Issues, which is tasked to lead and co-ordinate government agencies implementation of the Ministerial Committee's priorities on disability issues. The Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development chairs the group. Other group members are from the Ministries of Health, Education, Justice, Transport, Business, Innovation and Employment, ACC and Housing New Zealand.

As of October 2016, the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues will now meet as part of the Cabinet Social Policy Committee. This ensures that disability is an integral and regular part of Government decision-making processes. Further work will be undertaken in early 2017 to further clarify these arrangements.

Terms of Reference

The role, function and membership of the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues is described in its Terms of Reference.

Read the Terms of Reference

Download Terms of Reference [DOC, 44 KB]

Disability Action Plan

The Disability Action Plan sets priorities for cross government action on disability issues, which are determined by the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues.

Read more about the Disability Action Plan

Meetings summary

You can read summaries of meetings held by the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues.

Read more about meetings of the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues

Background on development and establishment

The Government established the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues in February 2009 as a first response to the 2008 Social Services Select Committee Inquiry into the Quality of Care and Services Provision for People with Disabilities.

Read the media release from the Minister for Disability Issues - Ministers' group to oversee disability policy

Read the media release from the Minister of Health - Government responds to select committee disability inquiry

 

 

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