Temporary migrant worker exploitation review

Submissions closed: 27 November 2019, 5pm

Submissions on this consultation are now closed.

The Government has announced a number of changes to be implemented over the coming years.

More information is available on our Temporary migrant worker exploitation review page.


To report migrant exploitation, contact the MBIE Service Centre on 0800 20 90 20

To report anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or fill out a form on crimestoppers-nz.org(external link)

To report people trafficking, call New Zealand Police 105 or 111 (if it is an emergency).

Consultation document

Prevention, protection, enforcement

We sought feedback on ten proposals to reduce and respond to exploitation of temporary migrant workers, including international students in New Zealand workplaces.

There are three areas of focus:  to prevent migrant worker exploitation, protect exploited migrant workers, and enforce appropriate working conditions and immigration obligations.

To prevent exploitation, the proposals are aimed at making changes to promote compliance and good employment practices, without adding compliance costs for those businesses that do the right thing.

To protect migrant workers our proposals are aimed at removing barriers to reporting and referral and enabling migrant workers to leave employers who exploit them.

The proposals about enforcement are designed to make sure MBIE has the tools to take action against exploitation, and to discourage employers from exploiting migrants.

Figure 1: Overview of proposals, who might be interested, and where to find them in the discussion document
figure 1 summary proposals

Even though this Temporary Migrant Worker Exploitation Review focuses on temporary migrant workers, including international students, many of the proposals to reduce their exploitation could benefit everyone in work, including New Zealand permanent residents and citizens.

Last updated: 27 July 2020