Indicator 38: National disability plan

Indicator 38: Does the national disability plan address the specific needs of older persons?
Indicator is fully reported? Yes, because the plan covers the needs of people of all ages who have impairments.
Type of indicator Instrumental indicator Instrumental indicator
Our findings

Since 2002, the Office for Disability Issues, within the Ministry of Social Development, has been the focal point within government on disability issues. The office promotes and monitors implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy (2001)[1] and uses the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a guide.[2] The office reports to the Minister for Disability Issues and supports the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues.[3]

The New Zealand Disability Strategy identifies barriers for people with impairments in different age groups, including older people. There are 14 objectives, including four that focus on population groups (Maori, Pacific peoples, children and youth, and women). There is no objective focused on older people.

Reports on the implementation of the strategy are published each year at There is little disability data available to monitor the strategy.[4]

The Disability Survey data is the only comprehensive source of national disability statistics.[5] It is run after each Census, and the next survey is planned for 2013.

The First New Zealand report on Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was published in March 2011.[6]

How entities use the data

The Ministerial Committee sets priorities under the Disability Action Plan. A reporting framework has been established. It is strongly focused on reporting descriptive information about:

  • government agencies' roles and services;
  • relevant legislation and regulation requirements; and
  • recent activity updates from each agency.[7]
Entity responsible for this indicator Office for Disability Issues, Ministry of Social Development




[4] Office for Disability Issues (2012), Achieving a fully inclusive society, page 14,



[7] Office for Disability Issues (2012), Achieving a fully inclusive society, page 21 and Appendix 1,

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