Protect temporary migrant workers

To protect temporary migrant workers, we want to reduce the barriers to reporting exploitation, and better support workers to leave an exploitative employer.


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 link).

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


We can make it easier for temporary migrant workers, including international students, to find and report exploitation in the workplace. We also consider that once government agencies receive reports of exploitation, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) can do better at handling these reports and taking action. MBIE’s agencies include those that investigate and take action against exploitation – the Labour Inspectorate and Immigration New Zealand (INZ).

We want to overcome the barriers to reporting exploitation for temporary migrant workers. We are also interested in knowing if international students, women or other groups face any additional barriers to reporting exploitation.

We would like feedback on our ideas to better protect temporary migrant workers. We want your ideas on how best to design new ways for people to report exploitation, which will improve referrals and the handling of reported cases of exploitation. We would also like your views on barriers to reporting, and some options to reduce these. We are gathering views on how to deal with situations where migrant workers accept being exploited to some degree.

Watch the video introduction

What options are we exploring?

We have two proposals:

  • Proposal Five: Establish an MBIE dedicated migrant exploitation 0800 phone line and online reporting AND establish an MBIE specialised migrant worker exploitation-focused reporting and triaging function

  • Proposal Six: Develop a bridging-type visa for exploited migrant workers OR Improve the current Immigration New Zealand visa status consideration process

We are interested to hear if you have any other ideas on how to improve reporting of exploitation and how to reduce barriers to exploitation.

Read more about our proposals to prevent exploitation in the discussion document

Section B: Proposals Five and Six - Protect temporary migrant workers [DOCX, 128 KB]  link to document [DOCX, 128 KB]

How do I give my feedback?

Visit our Have your say - Temporary migrant worker exploitation review page for more information on the different ways to submit your feedback.

All submissions are due by 5pm, 27 November 2019

Have your say – temporary migrant worker exploitation

Last updated: 17 October 2019