The three Acts below originally formed the constituent parts of an omnibus bill, the Crown Entities Reform Bill, as reported from the Government Administration Committee.  The committee of the whole House has further amended the Crown Entities Reform Bill and divided it into the following Bills:

  • New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill comprising clauses 1 and 2, Part 1, and Schedules 1 to 4;
  • Mental Health Commission Amendment Bill comprising Part 2 and Schedules 5 and 6; and
  • Charities Amendment Bill (No 2) comprising Part 3 and Schedules 7 to 9.

Charities Amendment Act (No 2) 2012

This Act amends the Charities Act 2005.  It disestablishes the Charities Commission and transfers its functions to the Department of Internal Affairs, except for the registration and deregistration of charities, which will be performed by an independent statutory board of three Minister-appointed persons.  All the functions and duties that the Charities Commission currently performs under the Charities Act 2005 will continued to be carried out, albeit by these other entities.

The Charities Act 2005 is also amended to emphasise that its purposes are to:  

  • promote public trust and confidence in the charitable sector;
  • encourage and promote the effective use of charitable resources; and
  • recognise the role of the chief executive of the Department of Internal Affairs.

Mental Health Commission Amendment Act 2012

This Act amends the Mental Health Commission Act 1998 to bring forward the disestablishment date for the Mental Health Commission, which was 31 August 2015, to 1 July 2012.  It also replaces section 9 of the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 to enable the appointment of a Mental Health Commissioner within the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, whose functions will be to monitor and advocate for improvements to mental health and addiction services in New Zealand.

New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2012

This Act amends the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.  It disestablishes the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC) and the Health Sponsorship Council and replaces them with a new Crown entity, the Health Promotion Agency, which will take on their functions and will also have a wide mandate to carry out other health promotion programmes.  The Act also disestablishes the Crown Health Financing Agency, which functions are now to be carried out by Treasury and the Ministry of Health.