Abortion reporting

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

Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Information Collection) Regulations 2021

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 monthly and annual reporting requirements for abortion and sterilisation providers.

The Regulations have been updated as part of the wider work to improve the accessibility of abortion services in New Zealand. 

Additional data now needs to be collected, like the cost of the service, the time the person had to wait, whether it was a self-referral, and the type of health practitioner who performed the procedure. Only non-identifiable patient data is collected.

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

Monthly 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 online abortion notification reporting form has some updated wording, plus additional information collection fields. The new information collected includes costs to patient, patient access requirements and patient consent. Some other fields have updated wording.

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 notification reporting

There is a new requirement for abortion service providers to submit an annual abortion notification 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. 

Help with notification reporting

Guidance has been developed to help abortion service providers understand the new data and reporting requirements, including a walk-through of the reporting process and the monthly online 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 monthly or annual abortion notification reporting templates, or if you have questions about the reporting requirements, please get in touch at [email protected].

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