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Making New Zealand’S Secondary Legislation Readily Accessible (NZ0015)



Action Plan: New Zealand Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Parliamentary Counsel Office

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Legislature

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Commitment 4: Making New Zealand’s secondary legislation
readily accessible
To make New Zealand’s secondary legislation readily-accessible4
This commitment will continue the work that was started in the National
Action Plan 2016-2018. Parliamentary Counsel Office will work with the
makers of secondary legislation to gather information about their secondary
legislation and make it available on the New Zealand Legislation website
As a first step New Zealanders will be able to access a complete list (and
related information) of current secondary legislation, including where the
full text can be found.
Status quo:
Currently, makers of secondary legislation are empowered to make that
legislation then publish it in a variety of ways, or not publish it at all. To
date, Parliamentary Counsel Office has identified over 100 different makers
of secondary legislation and the majority of them are not part of central
Government agencies. The result is that it is difficult for people to find
secondary legislation and to know whether they have the current version if
they do find it.
Parliamentary Counsel Office is undertaking a project to make secondary
legislation available on the New Zealand legislation website (alongside
Acts, Bills, and other legislation). The part of the project covered by this
commitment is expected to be an intermediate stage that will provide a
complete list (and related information) of current secondary legislation on
the New Zealand Legislation website, including where the full text can be
found. The second and later stage involves the publication of the full text of
secondary legislation to the New Zealand Legislation website.
Legislation is required to provide the framework and create obligations on
makers of secondary legislation to support this work. The Legislation Bill
is currently before the House and a companion Bill with the working title
of Secondary Legislation (Access) Bill will also be introduced to Parliament. Regulations will be needed, amongst other things, to specify the list
information that makers will need to provide.
This work will greatly improve access to and transparency of New Zealand’s
secondary legislation. Secondary legislation published on the website will be
subject to oversight by Parliament’s Regulations Review Committee, which
will ensure proper process for all secondary legislation.
Lead Agency: Parliamentary Counsel Office
Timeline: October 2018 – June 2020
Commitment 4: Making New Zealand’s secondary legislation readily
OGP Values
Transparency, Technology
and Innovation
Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil
the commitment
Start date End date
Compile a complete list of makers of secondary
2018 2020
Engage with makers of secondary legislation to:
• encourage them to create a list of their current
in-force secondary legislation in preparation for
the commencement of the Legislation Bill “list”
• advise them of additional information about
their secondary legislation that will be required
to accompany the list
• encourage them to make their current in-force
legislation publicly available on a website
2018 2020
Creation of technology and processes to enable
lodgement and publication of information on the
NZ Legislation website5
2018 2020


  1. Engagement with Parliament

    NZ0012, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Youth Parliament

    NZ0013, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. School Leavers' Toolkit

    NZ0014, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Making New Zealand’S Secondary Legislation Readily Accessible

    NZ0015, 2018, E-Government

  5. Public Participation in Policy Development

    NZ0016, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Service Design

    NZ0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  8. Review of Government Use of Algorithms

    NZ0019, 2018, Science & Technology

  9. Data Practice Transparency

    NZ0020, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. Monitoring Information Management Practice

    NZ0021, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  11. Open Data Government Organizations

    NZ0022, 2018, E-Government

  12. Open Procurement

    NZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  13. Open Budget

    NZ0005, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Improving Official Information Practices

    NZ0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Improving Open Data Access and Principles

    NZ0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Tracking Progress and Outcomes of Open Government Data Release

    NZ0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Ongoing Engagement for OGP

    NZ0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Starred commitment Improving Access to Legislation

    NZ0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Improving Policy Practices

    NZ0011, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. BPS Result 10 – New Zealanders Can Complete Their Transactions with the Government Easily in a Digital Environment

    NZ0001, 2014, E-Government

  21. ICT Strategy Action 13 – Open by Default: Active Re-use of Information Assets

    NZ0002, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. National Integrity System Assessment

    NZ0003, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. The Kia TūTahi Relationship Accord

    NZ0004, 2014, Capacity Building