Transforming the disability support system

The Government has made decisions on the next steps for transforming New Zealand's disability support system.

The transformation will be based on the Enabling Good Lives (EGL) vision and principles, and informed by evidence of ‘what works’. The EGL approach is based on disabled children and adults and their families having greater choice and control over their supports and lives. Find out more about EGL.

The transformed system will include a new social investment approach. There was a co-design process with the disability sector, between March and June 2017, to create a high-level design for the new system.

Detailed design

Update 2 October 2017

The working groups and virtual testing groups that will create the detailed design of the new disability support system are currently being confirmed.

The System Transformation team has received a lot of interest from the disability sector about the different groups they would like to participate in.

People can join the virtual testing groups at any time by emailing

The Ministry of Health’s Sacha O’Dea gives her monthly update here

Update 5 September 2017

The disability sector is being invited to participate in working groups and virtual testing groups for the detailed design of the new disability support system.

On a working group, people are brought together, face to face, and they will co-design how the new system with work in practice when it is launched in MidCentral next year.

The virtual testing groups will allow a large number of people across the disability sector to contribute to the design.

The Ministry of Health’s Sacha O’Dea is leading the work and explains more about it in this video .

Co-design group

A team of 13, including five disabled people, two with disabled family members, two from disability service organisations and four from government agencies, took part in the co-design process. Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner said, "everything was on the table" but there was a need to be realistic and "fiscally responsible" with investment in the right places.

The co-design group held eight workshops over ten days in what was an intensive process to come up with the high-level design.

The roll-out of the transformation will begin in MidCentral, an area which includes Palmerston North, Horowhenua, Manawatu, Otaki and Tararua districts.  It is expected the go-live date will be 1 July 2018.

Further information

Read the latest Cabinet paper and FAQs on the latest announcement.

You can read more about past decisions in the Cabinet paper and minute. Note: information has been withheld in line with the Official Information Act 1982, where decisions have not yet been made.

You can also find more information in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

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