This page keeps you updated on reforms / reviews / consultations relevant to the community sector. If this page is missing something that you think should be included, please let us know.

Charities Act review

The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. The Department of Internal Affairs has released a discussion document – consultation has been extended until 31 May 2019. More information on the review can be found here.

Sue Barker and Dave Henderson have received funding from a group of 12 community trusts and foundations to make sure there is a strong community voice in the review. Click here for information they have put together on the review – including why you should take part and key issues for charities to be aware of.

LEAD in Christchurch have also written a comprehensive blog with six recommendations that you may wish to pick up on. It is certainly worth a read, click here.

Here’s CNA’s draft submission: Charities review submission You are welcome to use any part of the submission, or you could write a letter in support of the submission.

Changes to COGs funding

Earlier this year changes were announced to COGs funding that would have resulted in some areas receiving much less funding. Minister Henare has announced this change is on hold while he considers the impact of 2018 census data and wider issues relating to grants funding more generally. Therefore the funding formula changes will not be implemented in 2019, however the introduction of multi-year funding and criteria changes focusing COGS on small organisations are still proceeding.

Other Government reforms / reviews underway

Current consultations

  • Important – The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. The consultation period has been extended to 31 May. Have your say here.
  • The Government has announced a review of the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector. The review is keen to hear your thoughts on what system level changes could improve the performance of our health and disability system. For more information click here.

Other reforms to note

  • On 26 April, the latest changes as part of IRD’s programme to make tax more straightforward came into effect. You can read an update on what to expect over the coming months here.
  • The Welfare Expert Advisory Group is advising on the future of the welfare system. The Group’s report is now publicly available – more information can be found here.
  • The Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – is working on long term solutions to improve community safety and the way justice works. Find out more here.
  • Child Wellbeing Strategy – the strategy will commit Government to set and report on its actions to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people. For more information click here.
  • The Tax Working Group is examining the structure, fairness and balance of New Zealand’s tax system. The Government has now received the Group’s final report – more information and the report can be found here.
  • The Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill has passed into law. This Bill restored four aspects of community wellbeing in legislation (social, economic, environmental and cultural). For more information click here.
  • The Mental Health and Addiction Report has been released, the Government is yet to formally respond. For more information click here.
  • The Government is considering the establishment of a sector-level bargaining system. This would enable unions and employers to develop Fair Pay Agreements that set minimum terms and conditions for all workers in an entire industry or occupation. The Government has established the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group to make recommendations on the design of this system. The Working Group has released its recommendations. For more information click here.

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