Abortion reporting

This page outlines what information the Ministry collects, what health practitioners need to report and the reporting process.

The Ministry of Health is required to collect and report on abortion provision in New Zealand under the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (CSA) Act 1977. The Director-General of Health has an obligation to review and report on the cost of accessing these services, and whether there is timely and equitable access.

The Abortion Reporting – Contraception Sterilisation, and Abortion (Information Collection) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations) are part of the CSA Act. They set out the new annual reporting requirements for abortion and sterilisation providers, and updated services requirements for abortion notification reporting to better monitor timely and equitable access to services.

The regulations came into effect on 24 September 2021 and replace the temporary regulations.

Abortion notification reporting

Abortion service providers are required to submit an electronic notification report, via an online form, for every abortion performed. It is a legislative requirement that reports are submitted within one month of the abortion.

The Ministry only accepts electronic abortion notification reporting. If a PDF version of the form is needed for internal service processes, please request one by emailing [email protected].

Annual abortion reporting

There is a new requirement for abortion service providers to submit an annual abortion report on service provision, the workforce and abortion counselling workforce (where the service provides abortion counselling), service access, costs, sex selection abortion enquiries and service refusal information. 

Providers must submit this report to the Ministry of Health by 31 March each year. The first report on services provided and workforce for 2021 is due on 31 March 2022. 

Further help with abortion reporting

Guidance has been developed to help abortion service providers understand the new data and reporting requirements, including a walk-through of the annual report template  and the updated abortion notification form.

You can find this information on Learn Online, the Ministry’s training and guidance hub for health practitioners. 

If you require access to the annual abortion report template or online notification form, or if you have questions about the reporting requirements, please get in touch at [email protected].

Sterilisation reporting

The Ministry is also required to collect and report on sterilisation provision under the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (CSA) Act 1977.

More information is on the Sterilisation legislation page

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