Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill
Platform made a submission on this proposed legislation mainly to highlight some of our concerns about the information sharing aspects of it. The sharing of identifiable information across agencies, and the aggregation and analysis of it, is still an emerging area. That the Privacy Commissioner has indicated concern about these changes, and is actively investigating MSDs new requirement that non-government organisations provide individual client data, would suggest that there are sufficient grounds for these aspects of the legislation at least to be held back and consulted on further.
Read Platform's submission (March 2017)
Health of Older People Strategy
The Ministry of Health released a consultation draft of the Health of Older People Strategy. Platform has made a submission for the Ministry's consideration.
Read Platform's submission (September 2016)
Charities Amendment Bill (2016)
The Government Administration Committee is considering amendments to the Charities Act. The changes proposed affect timelines for charities to provide information and charities' ability to appeal decisions made by the chief executive of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). Platform has provided a submission for the committee's consideration.
Read Platform's submission. (July 2016)
Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill 2015
The Health Select Committee is considering the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill 2015. This bill will replace the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966, and provides for the compulsory assessment and treatment of individuals who are considered to have a severe substance addiction and who do not have the capacity to participate in treatment. Platform, with the help of members, has provided a submission for the committee's consideration.
Read Platform's submission. (April 2016)
Productivity Commission - more effective social services
The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper on its new inquiry into improving outcomes for New Zealanders from social services. You can read Platform's submission document here.(360KB). Thank you to all members who contributed to this submission.
The Treasury - Request for Information asking ‘How can government improve results for our most vulnerable (at-risk) children and their families?’