Legislation the Ministry administers

The Ministry administers a number of laws made by Parliament, and also has roles defined in other legislation.

The Ministry administers the following Acts of Parliament:

  • Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966
  • Burial and Cremation Act 1964
  • Cancer Registry Act 1993
  • Children’s Health Camps Board Dissolution Act 1999
  • Compensation for Live Organ Donors Act 2016
  • Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975 (Part 2A)
  • Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006
  • Health Act 1956
  • Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994
  • Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001
  • Health Benefits (Reciprocity with Australia) Act 1999
  • Health Benefits (Reciprocity with the United Kingdom) Act 1982
  • Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003
  • Health Research Council Act 1990
  • Health Sector (Transfers) Act 1993
  • Home and Community Support (Payment for Travel Between Clients) Settlement Act 2016
  • Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004 (in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice)
  • Human Tissue Act 2008
  • Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003
  • Medicines Act 1981
  • Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992
  • Mental Hospitals Reserves Act 1908
  • Misuse of Drugs Act 1975
  • New Zealand Council for Postgraduate Medical Education Act Repeal Act 1990
  • New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000
  • New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Southern DHB) Elections Act 2016
  • Psychoactive Substances Act 2013
  • Radiation Safety Act 2016
  • Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Act 2011
  • Smoke-free Environments Act 1990
  • Social Security (Long-term Residential Care) Amendment Act 2006
  • Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017
  • Tuberculosis Act 1948.

You can find full, searchable copies of this legislation and the associated regulations we administer at New Zealand Legislation.

Regulations and Orders in Council made pursuant to the above Acts Administered by the Ministry of Health

  • Alcohol Advisory Council Regulations 1978
  • Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (Forms) Regulations 1968
  • Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (Medical Fees) Regulations 1992
  • Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act Commencement Order 1968
  • Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Institutions Orders 1969, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 1997
  • Anthrax Prevention Regulations 1987
  • Burial and Cremation (Removal of Monuments and Tablets) Regulations 1967
  • Camping-Grounds Regulations 1985
  • Cancer Registry Regulations 1994
  • Cremation Regulations 1973
  • Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985
  • Environmental Health Officers Qualifications Regulations 1993
  • Exhumation Licence Fee Order 1991
  • Fire Extinguishers Regulations 1958
  • Fireguards Regulations 1958
  • Food (Fees and Charges) Regulations 1997
  • Food Hygiene Regulations 1974
  • Health and Disability Commissioner (Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights) Regulations 1996
  • Health and Disability Commissioner Act Commencement Order 1996
  • Health and Disability Services (Safety) Standards Notices 2008 and 2010
  • Health and Disability (Establishment of Southern DHB) Order 2010
  • Health and Disability Services (Safety) Fees Regulations 2002
  • Health and Disability Services (Safety) Exemption Order 2002
  • Health Benefits (Reciprocity with Australia) Act Commencement Order 1999
  • Health Benefits (Reciprocity with the United Kingdom) Act Commencement Order 1984
  • Health (Burial) Regulations 1946
  • Health (Bursaries) Regulations 1965
  • Health (Cancellation of Division of District Health Boards into Constituencies) Order 2004
  • Health (Constituencies of District Health Boards) Order 2001
  • Health (Deferral of General Application of Sections 69S to 69ZC) Order 2009
  • Health (Cervical Screening (Kaitiaki) Regulations 1995
  • Health (Diseases Communicated by Animals) Regulations 1965
  • Health Entitlement Cards Regulations 1993
  • Health (Hairdressers) Regulations 1980
  • Health (Geographical Areas of District Health Boards) Order 2004
  • Health (Immunisation) Regulations 1995
  • Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Regulations 2016
  • Health (Infirm and Neglected Persons) Regulations 1958
  • Health (Needles and Syringes) Regulations 1998
  • Health (Non-Seasonal Influenza) Order 2009
  • Health (Quarantine) Regulations 1983
  • Health (Quarantine Inspection Places) Notice 2005
  • Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (Designation of Anaesthetic Technology Services as Health Profession) Order 2011
  • Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (Designation of Psychotherapy Services as Health Profession) Order 2007
  • Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (Election of Members of Nursing Council of New Zealand) Regulations 2009
  • Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activities) Notices
  • Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (Restricted Activities) Order 2005
  • Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (Election of Members of Medical Council of New Zealand) Regulations 2009
  • Health Reforms (Transferee) Orders 1993, 1993 and 1999
  • Health Reforms (Transfer of assets and liabilities) Orders 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2000
  • Health (Registration of Premises) Regulations 1966
  • Health (Retention of Health Information) Regulations 1996
  • Health Sector Transfers Orders 2001, 2001, 2002, 2002, 2002, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011
  • Housing Improvement Regulations 1947
  • Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Regulations 2004
  • Medicines (Database of Medical Devices) Regulations 2003
  • Medicines (Designated Prescriber: Nurse Practitioners) Regulations 2005
  • Medicines (Approved Laboratories and Analysts in Charge) Notice 2000
  • Medicines (Deferral of Expiry of Part 7A) Orders 2003, 2006 and 2008
  • Medicines Regulations 1984
  • Medicines (Related Products (Exempted Foods)) Regulations 2003
  • Medicines (Standing Order) Regulations 2002
  • Medicines (Designated Prescriber: Optometrists) Regulations 2005
  • Mental Health (Forms) Regulations 1992
  • Mental Health (Medical Fees) Regulations 1992
  • Microwave Ovens Regulations 1982
  • Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006
  • Misuse of Drugs (Interception Warrants) Regulations 2003
  • Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977
  • Misuse of Drugs Orders
  • New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Archives) Regulations 2001
  • New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Health Promotion Agency Levy) Order 2013
  • Noxious Substances Regulations 1954
  • Offensive Trades Order 1959
  • Plastic Wrapping Regulations 1979
  • Psychoactive Substances Regulations 2014
  • Radiation Protection (Appeals) Regulations 1974
  • Radiation Protection Regulations 1982
  • Radiation Safety Regulations 2016
  • Sleepovers Wages (Settlement) Orders 2012
  • Smoke-Free Environments Regulations 2007
  • Social Security (Long-term Residential Care) Regulations 2005
  • Tuberculosis Regulations 1951
  • University of Otago School of Anatomy Orders 1969, 1988
  • Venereal Diseases Regulations 1982
  • Water Supplies Protection Regulations 1961
  • Waipori Cemetery Order 1977

Other regulatory roles and obligations

In addition to administering legislation, key personnel within the Ministry have specific statutory powers and functions under various pieces of legislation (eg, the Directors of Public Health and Mental Health).

The Ministry also has certain statutory roles and relationships defined in other legislation, including:

  • Biosecurity Act 1993
  • Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act 2002
  • Education Act 1989
  • Food Act 1981
  • Gambling Act 2003
  • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
  • Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004
  • Litter Act 1979
  • Local Government Act 2002
  • Maritime Security Act 2004
  • Prostitution Reform Act 2003
  • Sale of Liquor Act 1989
  • Social Security Act 1964
  • Victim Rights Act 2002
  • Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

International compliance

The Ministry also helps the Government comply with certain international obligations. It achieves this by supporting and participating in international organisations such as the World Health Organization.

In this section

  • The International Health Regulations are the global framework for preventing and controlling the spread of disease and other public health hazards between countries. They are governed by the World Health Organization, and implemented in New Zealand by the Ministry of Health. Read more
  • The Public Health Bill is a major legislative reform which will largely replace the Health Act 1956. It will allow for the management of a wide range of public health risks, though the main focus will still be on communicable diseases and environmental health. Read more
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