Should New Zealand ratify the Forced Labour Protocol?

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Submissions due: 14 April 2019, 5pm

The Forced Labour Protocol 2014 provides guidance on how to eliminate all forms of forced labour.

We want to know the views of the public as to whether you think we should ratify the Forced Labour Protocol 2014, or not.

  • If yes, why? If not, why not?
  • Are there particular areas in New Zealand law, policy or practice that would need to be changed before New Zealand could ratify?
  • Are there any specific issues you believe will need to be taken into consideration that we have missed?

Submissions are invited from all interested parties.

After the consultation, we will provide advice to the government which will be considered at Parliament.

How to make a submission

To help you with your submission, please download the discussion document and fill out the form in Annex 1. 

When responding, please state whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation.  If responding on behalf of an organisation, please make it clear who the organisation represents and, where applicable, how the views of the members were assembled.

Submissions, or information contained in submission, may be subject to public release or to disclosure under the Official Information Act 1982.  This Act requires information to be made available to requesters unless there is good reason, pursuant to the Act, to withhold the information.  If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please clearly identify the material and why you wish the information to be withheld. 

You can make your submission by:


Attention: Jessica Russell
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
PO Box 1473

If you have any questions in relation to this discussion paper, or on making a submission, please contact Jessica Russell by email, or by phone on (04) 901 3826.

The closing date for submissions is 14 April 2019.

Read more information on the Forced Labour Protocol.