Reporting, outcomes and work programmes

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).

On 1 August 2023 the Office for Disability Issues was integrated into Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People as the Partnerships and Stewardship team.

Accountability mechanisms


  • Ministerial Leadership Group on Disability Issues (MLGDI)
  • Ongoing engagement with Chief Executives 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

Each work programme is 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
  • 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 restraint.

Sport New Zealand:

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

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.
  • Corrections Disability Action Plan
  • Action 29 Te Aorerekura, Protecting Disabled People against Family violence/Sexual violence


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


There are no specific work programmes under Outcome Six, Attitudes.  Instead it is predicted that all the other work programmes will also impact positively on the attitudes outcomes.

Choice and control

Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People:

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


Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People:

  • Nominations Database

Cross Government Work Programme

Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People:

  • Improve the gathering of Disability Data and Evidence across government.