One in four New Zealanders has a disability
. The Office for Disability Issues (ODI), which is administered by MSD, provides advice across government on disability issues to support the Minister for Disability Issues’ advocacy role for disabled people. Through our Policy team, we provide strategic policy advice on system-level and cross-government issues impacting disabled people.
We work closely with government agencies, the disability sector and organisations to make the best decisions about issues that affect disabled people. We are working towards a vision of New Zealand being a non-disabling society – a place where disabled people have an equal opportunity to achieve their goals and aspirations.
In the past year, ODI’s focus has been on achieving the goals of the New Zealand Disability Strategy by updating the Disability Action Plan. Working with young disabled people has also been a priority. Our policy focus has been on progressing key work programmes to improve outcomes for disabled people.