Disability Access review

The Disability Access review is a joint undertaking between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Office for Disability Issues (ODI).

The consultation phase of the review looked at whether the current building regulatory system meets the needs of people with disabilities. The consultation aimed to gain a better understanding of how building access requirements are implemented in new and older buildings and the extent to which the requirements provide for access to buildings for people with disabilities.

MBIE, ODI and the Access Reference Group have developed a long term plan to address accessibility.

Accessibility plan - public buildings

This Accessibility Plan: Public Buildings outlines a programme of work to achieve the intended goal of ‘Equitable access to and use of publicly accessible buildings by all New Zealanders’. It was developed following the consultation.

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Consultation report

You can read the full report or a summary on the consultation phase of the review.


Read the joint Ministers’ media release Progress on disability access review, including consultation terms of reference, on the New Zealand Government website.

Read the joint Minister’s media release Review into disability access begins, which announced the consultation, on the New Zealand Government website.

Office for Disability Issues

We work with Office for Disability Issues, which has an ongoing role in working with government agencies responsible for building and housing policy, and a delegated legislative role under the Building Act 2004 in relation to accessibility of buildings accessed by the public.

Find out more about their role on the Office for Disability Issues website.