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 roll-out of the transformation will begin in mid-Central (Palmerston North). The transformed system will also include a new social investment approach. There will be a co-design process with the sector between March and June 2017.

Co-design group

A team of 13 people, including five disabled, two family representatives, two from service organisations and four from government agencies, is taking 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 has held the first in a series of workshops, and talked about how to include diverse views and ensure everyone has an equal voice during the process.

Further information

You can read more about the 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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