The Disability Action Plan

The Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 is the government’s vehicle for implementing the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016–2026.

The Disability Strategy is how the government will take steps towards meeting their commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPRD).

Accountability mechanisms


  • Ministerial Leadership Group on Disability Issues (MLGDI)
  • Ongoing engagement with CEs and senior officials


  • Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Coalition


  • Six-monthly status reports
  • DPO twice-yearly meeting with Minister
  • Annual Report


  • Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM)

Cross-cutting issues

Disability data

  • Disability Data and Evidence Working Group
  • Washington Group sets of questions on disability

Disabled people’s involvement in decision-making

  • Effective engagement with disabled people across agencies

Outcomes and work programmes

The work programmes are listed under the relevant outcome in the Disability Strategy.


Ministry of Education’s Education Work Programme including, but not limited to:

  • Early Learning Strategic Plan
  • Tomorrow’s Schools Review
  • NCEA Review
  • Review of Vocational Education
  • Curriculum, Progress and Achievement
  • Learning Support Action Plan.

Tertiary Education Commission:

  • Improve outcomes for disabled learners.

Employment and economic security

Ministry of Social Development:

  • Disability Employment Action Plan
  • Employment of disabled people in the public sector
  • National Information Hub and Regional Networks.

Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment:

  • Replacement of Minimum Wage Exemption.

Health and wellbeing

Ministry of Health:

  • Repeal and replace the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 with legislation aligned to the UNCRPD
  • Improve access to quality healthcare and health outcomes for disabled people
  • Explore the framework that protects the bodily integrity of disabled children and disabled adults against non-therapeutic medical procedures
  • Funded Family Care policy change.

Ministry of Health and the Department of Corrections:

  • Reduce the use of seclusion and constraint.

Sport New Zealand:

  • Play, Active Recreation and Sport Action Plan for Disability.

The Office for Seniors:

  • Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019–2034.


Ministry of Social Development:

  • Accelerate Accessibility (including the role of accessibility legislation)
  • Accessibility of Public Information.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Housing New Zealand:

  • Improve accessibility across the New Zealand housing system.

New Zealand Transport Agency:

  • NZTA Action Plan.

Ministry of Transport:

  • Ministry of Transport Action Plan.

Office for Seniors:

  • Age-friendly Aotearoa/New Zealand.


Office for Disability Issues:

  • Nominations Database.

New Zealand Transport Agency:

  • Improve understanding and decision-making with the disabled community.

The other programmes will also impact on the leadership.

Choice and control

Ministry of Health:

  • System Transformation.

Ministry of Social Development:

  • Develop guidance on the effective use of Supported Decision-making.

Rights protection and justice

Ministry of Justice with other justice sector agencies:

  • Improve justice services so that they are accessible and able to be understood by disabled people.


New Zealand Transport Authority:

  • Disability awareness education for bus drivers.

Other work programmes will also impact on the attitudes outcomes. 

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