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.

Sexual Violence Legislation Bill


Submissions close 31 January 2020

What does the bill aim to achieve?

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 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)


Submissions close 14 February 2020

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 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.

Progress of the Abortion Legislation Bill>>

The Committee is made up of

  • Ruth Dyson – Chair
  • Amy Adams, National
  • Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, Labour
  • Jan Logie, Greens
  • Agnes Loheni, National
  • Tracey Martin, NZ First
  • David Seymour, Act.

You can read the Abortion Legislation Bill here>>

Inquiry into Health Inequities for Māori

The aim is to have a final substantive report published in early 2020.

The draft terms of reference can be viewed here

For more information go to:


Inquiry into Health Inequities for Māori

Submissions are now closed.

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.



Equal Pay Amendment Bill

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.

New Zealand Parliament

Progress of Bill:

New Zealand Legislation

Read the Bill >>

End of Life Choice Bill

Euthanasia: David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill passes final reading>>

“But just because the legislation passed its final reading, it won’t actually become law unless the public vote to pass it at the 2020 general election.”

Letter from Minister Sepuloni 23 July 2019>>

This bill gives people with a terminal illness or a grievous & irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying.

New Zealand Parliament

Progress of Bill:

New Zealand Legislation

Read the Bill >>

Supplementary Order Papers>>

The Tax Working Group

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.

Future of Tax: Final report>>

Review of the New Zealand Health & Disability Sector

Hon Carmel Sepuloni, the Minister for Disability Issues launched the new Action Plan yesterday on 14 November.

The new Action Plan is now on our website in a number of accessible versions.  The updated link is:

Please view the TVNZ story link here:

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 Expert Review Panel is made up of

  • Heather Simpson – Chair
  • Shelley Campbell
  • Professor Peter Crampton
  • Dt Lloyd McCann
  • Dr Margaret Southwick
  • Dr Winfield Bennett
  • Sir Brian Roche

View their profiles at

pdficon_small   Final Terms of Reference

Interim report expected August 2019, Final Report expected March 2020

The Welfare Expert Advisory Group

In May 2018 the Government established the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) to advise them on the future of New Zealand’s social security system.

The WEAG has now completed its Report – Wakamana Tāngata – Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand.

The independence granted the WEAG and our Terms of Reference has enabled the most wide-ranging review of the system in a generation.

Read Full Report>>

Child & Wellbeing Strategy

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.

Due to lack of response from members no submission was made by ANZASW

Review of the Family Court

pdficon_small   Te Korowai Ture ā-Whānau: The Final Report of the Independent Panel examingin the 2014 family justice reforms

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.

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