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Disability System Transformation Update and Accelerating Accessibility Papers released

The Disability System Transformation and Accelerating Accessibility Cabinet papers have been proactively released on the Ministry of Social Development’s website. The Disability System Transformation paper here: The Accelerating Accessibility paper here: Due to resourcing restraints, some accessible formats for the Accelerating Accessibility Cabinet paper are not ready, but will be released in due course. The …

Further detail of the 2022 Budget impacts from Ministry of Social Development

And further detail of the Budget impacts from Ministry of Social Development Establishing and operating the new Ministry for Disabled People to realise a true partnership between the disability community and government and help drive ongoing transformation across government with, and for, disabled people – $107.859 million over 4 years. Increased funding for community-based services for …

Further Detail available from the 2022 Budget

Budget 2022 at a glance – what you need to know Disability support: $934m for disability system transformation $735m for disability service sustainability, with additional demand expected $100m for rolling out Enabling Good Lives approach allowing service users to budget their own services $108m to establish the new Ministry for Disabled People and support operations …

Budget 2022 More frontline funding welcome but money for wage pressures need to be addressed

The Budget boosts to frontline disability services funding will be welcomed by providers, but the question remains whether these will deliver actual service increase or be expected to cover the rising costs that disability providers face, says New Zealand Disability Services Network CEO Peter Reynolds. Budget 2022 establishes the funding stream for the new Ministry …

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New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) is an incorporated society of member organisations which provide support to disabled people.

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What We Do

  • We provide a strong voice to government on matters of policy, service design, and legislation.
  • We promote innovation, quality services, research, and deliver a Provider Development Programme.
  • We ensure good communication with members, and support for regional networks.
  • We contribute to government working parties and reference groups.
  • We contribute to government working parties and reference groups.


We host a range of events to facilitate the sharing of knowledge within the disability sector.

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Our Services

Provider Development Programme

A series of workshops and training events showcasing best/next practice and innovation. Two workstreams are tailored for leaders and direct service staff. The programme also includes communities of practice and leadership mentoring opportunities, and is informed by an analysis of NZDSN member needs.

NZDSN Conferences

NZDSN hosts conferences that attract a wide variety of international and national keynote speakers and workstream presenteres covering the latest developments and innovations within the sector.

Regional Networks

NZDSN supports a series of regional networking activities providing opportunities for information sharing, which ensures providers are well-connected across the regions.

Workforce Development

NZDSN contributes to, and leads initiatives to develop and improve qualification pathways with the disability workforce as well as advocating for fairer remunerations.

Research and Quality Development Projects

These include things like the development of practice guidelines, and policy research.

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NZDSN members belong to a values-driven network of service providers and supporters committed to a social change movement that is focused on achieving inclusive lives and active citizenship for disabled people

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