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About Us


The Department of Labour is committed to taking an active leadership role in occupational health and safety throughout New Zealand. We are doing this in a variety of ways, through a range of projects and initiatives.

  • The development of the Workplace Health and Safety Strategy over the next year will be a key initiative that demonstrates the Department's leadership of the sector.
  • The Department of Labour provides secretariat support to the National Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee (NOHSAC).
  • A new research joint venture between the Health Research Council and the Department of Labour will address major knowledge gaps identified by NOHSAC and other key stakeholders, particularly in relation to occupational health.
  • Workplace Support Contact Centre
    With the assistance of additional funding announced in the 2004 Budget, this contact centre will provide a single contact point for customers who need fast, reliable, practical information and assistance on workplace matters including employment relations and occupational health and safety. The contact centre will build on the success of the Employment Relations Infoline and will be open 8am. to 8pm. Monday to Friday and till 1pm. Saturday. The expanded centre is expected to open in the second quarter of 2005.
  • Responding to the recommendations from the Ministerial Inquiry into the Management of Certain Hazardous Substances (pdf file [size: 154KB ]).
  • Hazardous Substances
    The Department is working with ERMA and the Ministry for the Environment to identify the best ways to inform employers and employees of their obligations under this Act.
  • 'Special Investigators' Reality TV Series
    The work of the Department was featured in a ten-part television series made by Greenstone Pictures. The series follows health and safety inspectors when they are called out to serious harm accidents or fatalities in Auckland, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch. Other agencies featured in the series include the Standards New Zealand, the Maritime New Zealand and the Civil Aviation Authority.