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.
For enquiries in regards to the availability of older Submissions and Responses please contact National Office email@example.com
This bill aims to reduce the re-traumatisation of sexual violence victims during court proceedings. The Law Commission’s 2015 report found the judicial system is not conductive to helping victims recover from their experience and receive justice.
This bill would increase the variety of ways complainants could give evidence in court. It would improve sexual violence complainants’ experience of the court process by allowing:
the cross examination process to be pre-recorded
for victims to give their impact statement without the public being present
judges to intervene if questioning is inappropriate or excessive
judges to tell the jury about any common myths surrounding sexual violence cases
The bill would also increase access to communication assistance. Anyone who needs help understanding court proceedings or giving evidence would be able to apply for assistance.
If you want to contribute to an ANZASW submission please have comments to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than end of business 24th January 2020. Please put Submission Sexual Violence in the subject line of your email.
Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2)
This bill would make it clear that the unplanned end of a pregnancy by miscarriage or still-birth constitutes grounds for bereavement leave for the mother and her partner or spouse, and that the duration of the bereavement leave should be up to 3 days.
If you want to contribute to an ANZASW submission please have comments to email@example.com no later than end of business 5th February 2020. Please put Submission Bereavement in the subject line of your email.
Abortion Legislation Bill
The Abortion Legislation Bill is currently with the Select Committee. The report is due 14 February 2020.
The inquiry will focus on cancer care and explore barriers that Māori experience relating to prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, cures, and palliative care.
The Māori Affairs Committee opened this inquiry in March 2019. This was after receiving letters from Māori users of the health system expressing concern and identifying shortcomings for Māori seeking cancer care.
The terms of reference for this inquiry will focus on:
collating existing statistics and evidence regarding Māori cancer health and identifying significant inequalities
studying the higher incidence rate Māori experience with specific cancers compared to non-Māori
identifying specific sets of issues experienced by Māori health service users
investigating and critiquing the lower engagement rate for Māori with prevention, early detection, screening programmes, treatment, and medication
looking at the role primary and health professionals play in improving cancer survival rates for Māori
researching how to best design, develop, and roll out an early detection and/or wellbeing programme
identifying where whānau ‘touch’ the system to find ‘moments of impact’ where bias (unconscious or deliberate) consistently occurs
exploring a conceptual best practice whānau-centric model of cancer care.
Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry
What is the Royal Commission?
The Royal Commission is an Inquiry into abuse in State care and in faith-based institutions.
The Inquiry will look at what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults who were in care in New Zealand between 1950 and 1999. They may also listen to experiences before or after these dates.
The purpose of this bill is to improve the process for raising and progressing pay equity claims, and to eliminate and prevent discrimination on the basis of sex in the remuneration and employment terms and conditions for work done within female-dominated jobs.
Since the release of our Interim Report in September 2018 the Tax Working Group has undertaken further rounds of engagement and consultation. Alongside this process, the Group has developed and further refined its conclusions outlined in the Interim Report.
The engagement process has reached out to various parts of society, including Māori, civil society, tax professionals, business and environmental organisations. There has also been discussion with tax professionals in Australia to learn from their experience. This engagement reflects and is reflected in the work the Group has undertaken since early
As might be expected, the submissions on the Interim Report contained a wide variety of opinions. They ranged from full endorsement of the recommendations in the Interim Report, often wishing to see at least some of them go further, through to substantial
rejection of the majority of the recommendations.
The Government has established a review into the New Zealand Health and Disability System (the Review). This review will identify opportunities to improve the performance, structure, and sustainability of the system with a goal of achieving equity of outcomes, and contributing to wellness for all, particularly Māori and Pacific peoples.
The first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy will be published in 2019.
New Zealand’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy will set the direction for how to improve the wellbeing of children and young people.
The Child Poverty Reduction legislation, which was passed into law in December 2018, encourages a Government focus on child poverty reduction specifically, and child wellbeing more generally.
A key requirement of the legislation is the creation of New Zealand’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. The Strategy will provide a framework to drive government policy and action on child wellbeing. It will commit Government to set and report on outcomes and actions to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people, with a particular focus on child poverty and those with greater needs, including children of interest or concern to Oranga Tamariki.
This report recommends a raft of changes to strengthen and connect family justice services, including the Family Court, so that children, parents and their whānau are treated with dignity and respect, listened to, and supported, to make the best decisions for them.
It proposes the development of a joined-up family justice service, to be called Te Korowai Ture ā-Whānau, to ensure that processes are no longer separated into in and out of court. This service will form a korowai: protecting, supporting and empowering children, their parents, and their whānau as they work through parenting and guardianship issues.
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.”..
Our current mental health system ..is “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…
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.
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…
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