NZDSN Strategic Policy Group

NZDSN Strategic Policy Group

Introduction and Background

The NZDSN Strategic Policy Group is being formed to provide a solution-focused approach to high priority strategic issues. There are a number of strategic issues that intersect whereby NZDSN needs to have a clear “strategic pathway”.

It is anticipated the group will from time-to-time commission specific pieces of work when this is deemed necessary. Examples in the past have included the NZDSN members Workforce Survey that resulted in a report that was jointly published with Te Pou, and our 2015 and 2016 Sector Briefings.

Terms of Reference

Role and Purpose

The Strategic Policy Group Provides guidance and advice to the Board and Chief Executive on high priority policy issues that have sector wide ramifications.  The focus will be on ensuring that work produced is of the highest quality, is solution-focused and can readily inform government policy and decision making. The group may recommend to the Board that some work or projects are commissioned through external parties – and will have input into the commissioning process.


The Strategic Policy Group will be chaired by an NZDSN Board member and include 3 other individuals, plus the Chief Executive. Members will need to be individuals who have an in-depth knowledge of the sector and a well-developed grasp of the strategic issues and challenges that need to be addressed. They will bring critical thinking skills and a constructive approach that is solution-focused. Membership will bring perspectives from providers, families and the lived experience of disability. Membership will be approved by the Board.

Membership can change to meet the requirements of specific pieces of work. Additional members can be co-opted to ensure specific skills are brought to bear on work undertaken. A change in members or additional members must be approved by the Board.

Work Programme

The Disability Strategic Policy Group will develop a work programme annually based on agreed priorities. The work programme will detail the deliverables and outcomes being sought and the due dates for these. These could take the form of scoping and discussion papers; sector briefings; position papers; reports; evidence analysis/synthesis; qualitative or quantitative data collection; or experiential narratives/case studies.

Meetings and Reporting

The Strategic policy group will meet a maximum of four times per year. Group members may undertake or be involved in pieces of work between meetings.

The Strategic Policy group will report to the Board on its work programme four times per year.

Review of Terms of Reference

These terms of reference to be reviewed at 12 month intervals.

For further information please contact Garth Bennie

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