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Accessibility Bill opens for public submissions

Wednesday, August 17, 2022   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: disabilities, accessibility, submissions, consultation, legislation

Tēnā koutou Public submissions on the Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill are being accepted now. The submission closing date is 11.59pm on Monday 7th November 2022.

The Bill addresses the accessibility barriers faced by disabled people, tāngata whaikaha, and others, so they can live independently and participate fully in all areas of life. The Bill also aims to ensure that disability issues are front of mind in decisions by policymakers and the Government of the day.

The Bill would do three main things:

  • It would establish an accessibility committee. The committee would have up to 10 members, the majority of whom would be disabled. This committee would provide advice and make recommendations about accessibility to the Minister for Disability Issues. It would represent the voices of disabled people, tāngata whaikaha, and their families or whānau, and others with accessibility needs.
  • It would enhance accountability and co-ordination across the Public Service and Government to progress accessibility issues. It would do this by creating clear responsibilities for the Minister for Disability Issues, the chief executive of Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People, and the Accessibility Committee.
  • It would build knowledge and awareness about the importance of addressing accessibility barriers.

A submission is an opportunity to present your views, observations, and recommendations on the Bill. Submissions can contribute diverse experiences and voices into the development of the Bill.

Members of the disability community, their families, whānau and the broader public may wish to be involved by submitting.

Tell the Social Services and Community Committee what you think.

Find out how to submit on the Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill (New Zealand Parliament).

Information on the Bill is available in Braille, Large Print, audio, EasyRead and NZSL formats.

A guide is also available on writing a submission to New Zealand Parliament.