General policy statement
This Bill creates the position of Disability Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission, whose mandate is to contribute to progressing the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention). It is important that the Disability Commissioner do so in active engagement with the various communities of people living with impairments in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Aotearoa/New Zealand ratified the Convention on 25 September 2008. The establishment of the position of Disability Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission will assist in making good progress with implementing the Convention, so as to create a society where people living with impairments face minimal structural and social barriers in their lives.
Clause by clause analysis
Clause 1 is the Title clause.
Clause 2 is the commencement clause and provides for the Bill to come into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.
Clause 3 provides that the Bill amends the Human Rights Act 1993 (the principal Act).
Clause 4 states the purpose of the Bill, which is to create the position of Disability Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission.
Clause 5 amends section 8 by inserting new paragraph (ca) to provide for a full-time Disability Commissioner.
Clause 6 inserts new section 14A setting out the further criteria for the appointment of a Disability Commissioner.
Clause 7 inserts new section 17A setting out the functions of a Disability Commissioner.