Disability Action Plan 2019-2023

The Disability Action Plan presents priority work programmes and actions developed through a co-design process by government agencies, disabled people and their representative organisations. The work programmes and actions will advance implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016-2026.

This is the Disability Action Plan 2019-2023 Putting the New Zealand Strategy into action. It was launched on 14 November 2019 by the Minister for Disability Issues.

He waka eke noa
We are all in this together

These priorities emphasise actions requiring government agencies to work together, as well as with disability sector organisations and others.

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Disability Action Plan 2019-2023 - A3 Summary PDF version [PDF, 54 KB]

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Disability Action Plan launched by Minister for Disability Issues

The Disability Action Plan 2019-2023 was launched on Thursday 14 November 2019.

Read media release by Hon Carmel Sepuloni Minister for Disability Issues

Click here for a link to the Media release by Hon Carmel Sepuloni Minister for Disability Issues.

Summary of the Disability Action Plan 2019-2023

The Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 (Action Plan) aims to deliver the eight outcomes in the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016–2026 (Disability Strategy).

It is not a conventional Action Plan in that it does not consist of a series of work areas followed by lists of actions. Instead, it is a package of 25 cross-government work programmes that are underway or are being planned that have an explicit disability perspective. The Action Plan is on pages 8 to 11 of this document.

The Action Plan has been designed this way to bring together important programmes of work that agencies have committed to that relate to the outcomes in the Disability Strategy.

The Action Plan responds to the main issues identified by disabled people, the Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) Coalition and government agencies working together. We expect most of the work programmes in the Action Plan to continue beyond 2023. New work programmes may be added to the Action Plan over its timeframe.

Most of the work programmes will be implemented within agency baselines, but some may require new resources. Where this is the case, agencies may develop budget bids to secure additional or new funding.

Like all good action plans, it is important to monitor and measure progress over time. The Action Plan includes several monitoring mechanisms to ensure agencies are held to account, including (but not limited to):

  • submission of six-monthly status reports to the Office for Disability Issues
  • bi-annual meetings of the Ministerial Leadership Group on Disability Issues
  • DPO Coalition meetings with agencies, as required.

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