The Government wants to increase the diversity of governance and advisory groups. As part of Whaikaha - Ministry of Disabled People's role to help facilitate effective working relationships between disabled people, the disability sector, and government agencies, Whaikaha is often asked by appointing agencies to nominate disabled people for governance and advisory positions.

It is important for disabled people to be represented on governance and advisory groups (including State Sector boards and committees) to provide a disability perspective. Boards work best when there is diversity of skills, expertise, backgrounds, perspectives and ways of thinking around the table.

The purpose of this survey is to collect Expressions of Interest (EOI) from disabled people with relevant skills and experience, who want to be considered for nominations for governance and advisory positions on State sector boards and committees. This is an opportunity to increase the representation of disabled people on State Sector boards and committees, to better reflect the diversity of New Zealand.

Introduction Video in NZSL
Before the Survey

• This survey has been made with consultation from the Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) Coalition.
• This survey does not guarantee a governance or advisory position automatically. This is the first step to gaining a position.
• The information you provide us will only be used for nominations to boards and committees, in accordance with the Official Information Act 1982.
• The personal information will be stored in accordance with the Survey Monkey Privacy Policy, and the Privacy Act 1993. 
• There are 26 questions to complete. The time it takes to complete this survey will be different for everyone, but, on average, it should take between 20 and 60 minutes to complete.
• If you have any other questions not covered above, please contact us by email:, phone: 0800 566 601 or text: 4206.

Before the Survey Video in NZSL
Glossary of terms used in this survey

Appointing agency means the agency requesting nominations from Whaikaha for governance or advisory positions.

Applicant means the disabled person wanting to be nominated for governance and/or advisory positions. See above for more detail about who can complete this survey.

Expression of Interest (EOI) is this survey, where a disabled person with governance experience indicates they are interested in being nominated for governance or advisory positions and gives information for this purpose.

Governance positions are positions on State sector boards and committees, where you give help to govern. For example, being a member on a board.

Advisory positions are positions on State sector boards and committees, where you give your advice. For example, being on a working group or an advisory group. Click here to view a list of state sector boards and committees

Nominations Database is a place where information about applicants could be stored, that has a way of searching on required criteria for the purpose of nominating suitable applicants for governance and advisory positions. 

Nominations Service means the process of recommending people to appointing agenc(ies), for the purpose of that agency improving the diversity of  their governance and advisory boards, committees and groups. You can read more about this on our website.

Glossary of Terms Video in NZSL