Consultations, Submissions, Govt Reviews & Inquiries

pdficon_small  Guide to Advocacy & Lobbying March 2017

Working with and on behalf of its members, ANZASW plays an active role in making submissions on a variety of government policy programmes and legislative changes.

As part of the submission process members are approached to participate in providing direct input. In addition if you are aware of other policy or legislative issues that you believe ANZASW should be making comment on then please also contact National Office.

ANZASW Submission to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health & Addiction Services

Media Coverage

Government response to Mental Health & Addiction Inquiry Brings Hope (PSA 31 May 2019)

Report omits impact of creativity on health & wellbeing (The Big Idea 04 December 2018)

Mental Health Report “not radical enough” for Māori (Māori Television 04 December 2018)

A Māori health provider is slamming the new Mental Health and Addictions report released by the government.  Te Rau Matatini chief executive Maria Baker says Māori have the worst outcomes but recommendations fail to give them a voice.

Kia Piki Te Ora general manager Michael Naera says some Māori organisations are disgusted at the report’s blanket approach to Māori.

“One size fits all?  Māori don’t fit into the recommendations.  We’re upset because there were many whānau and voices that talked to the panel but it isn’t reflected.”..

Mental Health System under-resourced, under pressure, unsustainable (RNZ 03 December 2018)

Our current mental health system “under-resourced”, “under pressure” and “unsustainable” according to a report released today by Mental Health & Addiction inquiry. And we can’t medicate or treat our way out of this epidemic of mental distress. The report by a government appointed panel makes 40 recommendations…

The Report

He-Ara-Oranga – The Mental Health & Addiction Report has been released. The Executive Summary is on Pages 6 – 15 and the 40 recommendations are to be found pages 16 – 20.

If you have any feedback on the report or recommendations please send these to

    He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health & Addiction (WebPage)

Logo YouTube Icon   He Ara Oranga – report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health & Addiction (NZ Dept of Internal Affairs 03 December 2018) (YouTube)

Summary of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction’s final report – December 2018. Read the report at:

pdficon_small   He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health & Addiction (PDF)


Our Submission

pdficon_small   ANZASW Submission to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health &Addiction Services (June 2018)

Relevant Links

ANZASW Submission on Abortion Law

ANZASW Submission on Child Poverty Reduction Bill

Media Coverage

ANZASW Statement on Child Poverty Monitor Report (Scoop 12 December 2018)

Child Poverty Bill doesn’t Address Cause: Inequality (SCOOP, Closing the Gap, 03 December 2018 )

As Parliament prepares to pass the Child Poverty Reduction Bill this coming week, the income equality group Closing the Gap again urges MPs to tackle the problem behind child poverty: inequality.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s bill is a good first step, but its focus on setting targets and improving reporting on child poverty are “process” issues, and don’t get at the root of the problem, Closing the Gap spokesman Peter Malcolm said.

Latest figures show child poverty in New Zealand stands at around 27 percent, meaning nearly 300,000 children living below the poverty line. “Those figures are proof enough — we don’t need more reporting and targets to tell us income equality must be urgently addressed,” Mr. Malcolm said…

Radio NZ Podcast: Govt Urged to Widen Child Poverty Reduction Bill


pdficon_small   ANZASW Submission on Child Poverty Reduction Bill(April 2018)

New Zealand Legislation (

Child Poverty Reduction Bill>>

Purpose of this Act

The purpose of this Act is to help achieve a significant and sustained reduction in child poverty in New Zealand by provisions that—

(a) encourage a focus by government and society on child poverty reduction:

(b) facilitate political accountability against published targets:

(c) require transparent reporting on levels of child poverty.

Overview of this Act

To help achieve its purpose, this Act

(a) specifies and requires child poverty measures:

(b) requires the setting of child poverty reduction targets:

(c) requires reports relating to child poverty:

(d) requires the identification of child poverty-related indicators:

(e) requires monitoring reports related to identified indicators.

New Zealand Parliament (

The purpose of this bill is to encourage a focus on child poverty reduction, facilitate political accountability against published targets, require transparent reporting on child poverty levels, and create a greater commitment by Government to address child well-being.


ANZASW Submission on Social Workers Registration Legislation Bill

Submission on Children, Young Persons (Oranga Tamariki) and their Families Legislation Bill

Submission on the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement)

Submission on Mental Health & Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2016-2020