Terms of Reference

The role, function and membership of the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues are described in this Terms of Reference, which was approved by the Government in April 2009.


The purpose of the Ministerial Committee is to act collectively to provide a coherent overall direction for disability issues across government. It will do this by providing leadership and improving decision-making and accountability.


To ensure government services and communities meet the needs of all New Zealanders, including disabled people, as articulated in the New Zealand Disability Strategy and that government agencies are achieving progress in the implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy.

To ensure that initiatives and supports targeted at disabled people and their families work well for them, are fairly distributed, and represent value for money.


Determine the relative priority of and timeframes for the work programme that implements the Government's response to the Select Committee Inquiry on the Quality of Care and Service Provision for People with Disabilities.

Identify areas of poor performance in government agencies in relation to disability services and issues, and how to rectify them.

Provide direction, as appropriate, to government agencies on their plans and progress in implementing the New Zealand Disability Strategy.

Develop accountability arrangements on disability matters for government agencies and Ministers.

Identify more efficient use of government resources to support disabled people.

Provide input as appropriate to significant policy reviews, including terms of reference and recommendation stages, to ensure the needs of disabled people are considered.


The Minister for Disability Issues is the Chair of the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues. The following Ministers are core members of the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues, with the Chair having the power to invite other Ministers to meetings, as appropriate:

  • Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
  • Minister of Health
  • Minister of Justice
  • Minister for ACC
  • Minister of Education
  • Minister for Social Development
  • Minister of Housing
  • Minister for Senior Citizens
  • Associate Minister of Transport.

Administrative arrangements

The Office for Disability Issues, along with other government agencies supporting their respective Ministers, will support the Ministerial Committee.

The Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues will determine its own administrative support arrangements and will consult with the disability community in ways that it believes is most appropriate for the issues that arise.

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