New ministry announced as part of disability system transformation

November 19, 2021 at 5:27 PM

From the NZFVC 

The Government has announced a new ministry along with a number of initiatives to improve policies, systems and services for disabled people. 

The Government announced a number of initiatives, including: 

  • establishing a Ministry for Disabled People (the name of the new ministry has not been determined) 

  • implementing the Enabling Good Lives approach to Disability Support Services nationally 

  • introducing new legislation on accessibility 

  • establishing a new Accessibility Governance Board. 

In the announcement, Health Minister Andrew Little said “The disabled community told us that disability issues are not just health issues. We’ve heard and responded to their desire to lift disability support out of the health system, which is why we’re establishing a new Ministry for Disabled People to deliver support for all disabled people.” 

The new Ministry for Disabled People will be hosted by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). 

The media release states "The Ministry will: 

  • Drive better outcomes for all disabled people 

  • Lead and coordinate cross-government strategic disability policy 

  • Work to deliver and transform disability support services, and; 

  • Progress work on the broader transformation of the wider disability system." 

Category: Government