What's Happening

Applications for the New Zealand Sign Language Fund are now open. The deadline for applications is 26 May 2015.

April 2015

The Ministry of Social Development wants to hear from disabled children, their families/whānau, those who support them, and people with an interest in the review about how voluntary out-of-home placements of disabled children can be improved.

March 2015

In December 2014, the Minister for Disability Issues annual report on progress with implementing the NZ Disability Strategy was released.

December 2014

The Government has agreed to the design of the Enabling Good Lives Waikato demonstration.

December 2014

A review is underway examining how the regulatory system implements access requirements for buildings and how disabled people experience the results.

August 2014

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.