This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 1 June 2011, implement the requirements of section 38 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 (the principal Act), as substituted by section 15 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2010 (the amendment Act). Section 15 of the amendment Act, and thus the newly substituted section 38 of the principal Act, came into force on 24 February 2011.
Section 38 of the Act requires the Minister to direct every DHB to prepare a plan for each financial year beginning on or after 1 July 2011. The Minister may also direct a DHB to prepare or contribute to 1 or more other plans. These regulations specify certain matters in relation to DHBs' plans for each financial year (a DHB annual plan), and to other plans, prepared by a group of 2 or more DHBs and that relate to the services to be provided for a region by those DHBs (regional service plans).
In accordance with the regulation-making power in section 92(1) of the principal Act, these regulations specify the form of the DHB annual plans and regional service plans, impose requirements relating to the content of the plans, and impose procedural requirements (such as a requirement for consultation) that must be complied with in the preparation of the plans.
Date of notification in Gazette: 26 May 2011.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.