Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001

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Version as at 5 April 2023

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Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001

Public Act
2001 No 93
Date of assent
30 November 2001
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Health.


5Health or disability services defined
6Rest home care defined
7Act may be applied to other health or disability services
8Services to which Act does not apply
9Providers of health care services to meet service standards
10Certification not to have effect as professional qualification
11Transitional arrangements for existing providers [Expired]
12Act binds the Crown
13Minister may approve service standards
14Amendments and revocations
15Power not to be delegated
16Status of notices [Repealed]
17Copies of standards to be available [Repealed]
18Criteria for approval of standards
19Criteria for approval of amendments
21Contents of standards
22Commencement of service standards
23Minister may grant exemptions
24Standards to be reviewed regularly
25Previous consultation sufficient for certain initial standards
26Director-General may certify providers
27Criteria for certification
29Expiry of certification
30Cancellation of certification
31Providers to give Director-General certain information
32Director-General may designate persons to audit providers
33Criteria for designating external agencies
34Criteria for designating employees of Ministry
35Modification of designation
36Agency to give Director-General copy of audit report
37Cancellation of designation
38Expiry of designation
39Procedure for cancelling private agency’s designation
40General right to inspect places
41Right to monitor certain places
42Powers of authorised persons
43Requirement to answer questions
44Search warrants
45Warrant to be produced
46Other duties of authorised persons inspecting premises
47Notice of entry
47ACrimes of Torture Act 1989 not limited
48Director-General may issue cessation orders
49Director-General may issue closing orders
50Director-General may revoke cessation or closing order
51Rights of appeal
52Suspension of cancellation or order
55Burden of proof in relation to certain matters
56Defence for certain agents, contractors, employees, and officers
57Limitations on licensing and registration after 30 September 2002 [Expired]
58Consequential amendments
59Repeals and revocations
61Statutory references to psychiatric hospitals