What's Happening

Find out about the priorities to promote and maintain NZSL.

March 2016

Membership of the Reference Group that will provide advice on the 2016 revision of the NZ Disability Strategy has been announced.

February 2016

The 2015 update of the Disability Action Plan has been completed, with a revised Plan released.

December 2015

In December 2015, the Minister for Disability Issues annual report on progress with implementing the NZ Disability Strategy was released.

December 2015

This working group has been established with Statistics New Zealand to improve data and information on disabled New Zealanders.

June 2015

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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. Through our work, we have close and ongoing engagement with disability sector organisations.

Revision of the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016

Join the conversation on building a new disability strategy for New Zealand

Visit our Join the Conversation website to tell us about how you and your whānau can live a good life.

Involving the community

Disabled People's Organisations and government agencies are working together on governing and implementing the Disability Action Plan.

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.

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

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. We support the New Zealand Sign Language Board and the New Zealand Sign Language Fund to promote and maintain use of the language.

Making it easier to employ disabled people

Find  and use information and tools for employers that make it easier to employ disabled people, so that you do not miss out on people who can provide a valuable contribution to your organisation.

Disability Data and Evidence Working Group

Improving information and data about disabled New Zealanders will be progressed by the Disability Data and Evidence Working Group.

Tools, statistics, research and other resources

Access guides and toolkits to inclusive practice, and research and statistics on disabled New Zealanders. Information is also available on providing reasonable accommodation.