What's Happening

The new Disability Action Plan 2014-2018 has been agreed by the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues.

May 2014

More details on the New Zealand Sign Language Board has been announced by the Minister for Disability Issues.

May 2014

In May 2014, funding for three new disability initiatives was provided in Budget 2014.

In December 2013, the Minister for Disability Issues annual report on progress with implementing the NZ Disability Strategy was released.

December 2013

A review will look into how New Zealand Standard 4121 aligns with the Building Code and how the Code more generally represents the needs of disabled people.

October 2013

The Office for Disability Issues

The Office for Disability Issues is the focal point within government on disability issues. We promote and monitor implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We report to the Minister for Disability Issues and support the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues.

Leadership and strategic direction

The Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues coordinates government implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Priorities for government action

Priorities for cross government action are set out in the Disability Action Plan.

Email newsletter

Sign up to our monthly newsletter with news from the Minister for Disability Issues, government agencies, and the disability sector.

Enabling Good Lives

Demonstrations of the Enabling Good Lives approach to how disabled people and families are supported to live everyday lives are being implemented in Christchurch and the Waikato.

New Zealand Sign Language

The Government is committed to promoting and maintaining the use of New Zealand Sign Language, as one of New Zealand's official languages.

Think Differently campaign

The Think Differently campaign funds community and national intiatives that promote positive attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people.

Tools, statistics and research

Access guides and toolkits to inclusive practice, and research and statistics on disabled New Zealanders.