The Disability Action Plan
Organisations (DPOs), including DPA, worked alongside government to
write the Disability Action Plan that was released May 2014. They are
also helping oversee it's implementation. This four-year cross government plan lists the priorities for New Zealand to advance
implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of
with Disabilities. The Disability Action Plan will be formally reviewed in the second half of 2015
Go here to read more about the Disability Action Plan
Collaboration that contributed to this new way of working
DPO's working together
In 2012 DPA pulled the DPOs together to begin a conversation about how to work together to fulfill the role of representatives of disabled people as outlined in Article 4.3 of the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This Article is about consulting and involving disabled
people in decision making through their representative organisations.
Since then the DPOs, including DPA, have agreed on areas they will
work on to improve their capacity to deliver on Article 4.3. (These areas include:
strategic governance, financial sustainability with limited resources, adaptive leadership,
responsiveness to disabled people's rights, an outcomes framework and
Government working with the DPO's
Government agreed in August 2013 to work with DPOs in a new way by involving them early in policy design, and monitoring new initiatives.
DPOs involved in this agreement include: DPA, Balance NZ, the Association of Blind Citizens, People First, Deaf Aotearoa, Nga Hau e Wha, Ngati Kapo o Aotearoa and Deafblind NZ.
As DPA and the DPO's work with Government agencies to progress the Disability Action Plan they also meet with a group of Government Chief Executives to assess how work is progressing and make any required adjustments.
DPA has many other working relationships
DPA also works with many other disability organisations. These are listed on Our Partners
We also hold two yearly forums and invite leaders from across the disability sector. Read about the 2015 DPA forum
The DPA Agenda for Change
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities