Data Protection and Use Policy

Supporting the respectful, trusted and transparent use of people's data and information

Implementation overview

If you work in the social sector, then this Policy is relevant to you. Implementation of the Policy will commence in early 2020, with a small foundational group of government agencies and NGOs. This group will help build practical tools and experience to help others in the social sector to progressively adopt the Policy.

Implementation will vary across the social sector, because it is dependent on the nature of an organisation and the maturity of each organisation's policies, practices and capabilities.

Five government agencies have agreed to join the foundational group. They are:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Oranga Tamariki, and
  • Social Wellbeing Agency (SWA).

Conversations are underway to invite NGOs and service provider organisations to join the foundational group.

The scope of the Policy is intended to encompass government agencies and organisations working with individuals and whānau in the areas of:

  • welfare
  • housing
  • health
  • education
  • child wellbeing
  • justice, and
  • disability support services.

This includes government agencies who fund or deliver social sector services in this regard, as well as NGOs and other providers who deliver those services within communities.

A support function dedicated to supporting organisations adopting the Policy will be established in early 2020 within SWA. In the interim, you can contact us or sign up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

Following this, SWA will work with others to establish regional Communities of Practice. The intent is for these communities to include a mix of government agencies and local providers, to enable the sharing of best practice tips, experiences, and approaches to implementation.

An adoption Toolkit will be developed by the foundational group and others across the sector. The tools and resources to be developed have been informed by participants in the engagement and Policy development process and will be available for all the sector to use.