Advice on consistency of Bills with the Bill of Rights Act

The Ministry of Justice, and the Crown Law Office in the case of Bills developed by the Ministry of Justice, advise the Attorney-General on the consistency of all Bills with the Bill of Rights Act (with the exception of appropriation Bills, which are not scrutinised).

The Attorney-General retains legal professional privilege in respect of unpublished advice written before January 2003, as well as unpublished advice written since January 2003 on Bills on which the Attorney-General has tabled a section 7 report in the House of Representatives. The advice is not subject to the Official Information Act 1982; however, the Attorney-General will consider requests for the release of such advice on a case by case basis.

Advice provided since January 2017 is listed in the table below. To find previous advice or to search all published advice, by Bill title, year, or Bill of Rights Act sections discussed, please use our publication finder tool:

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YearTitle of BillSection of Bill of Rights Act consideredType of Bill
2018 Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill [PDF, 197 KB] Section 19 Non-Government
2018 Protection of First Responders and Prison Officers Bill [PDF, 198 KB] Section 9 Non-Government
2018 Farm Debt Mediation Bill [PDF, 128 KB] No issues Non-Government
2018 Electoral (Entrenchment of Māori Seats) Amendment Bill [PDF, 212 KB] No issues Non-Government
2018 Dog Control (Category 1 Offences) Amendment Bill [PDF, 128 KB] No issues Non-Government
2018 Patents (Advancement Patents) Amendment Bill [PDF, 186 KB] Sections 14, 27(1) Non-Government
2018 KiwiSaver (Foster Parents Opting in for Children in their Care) Amendment Bill [PDF, 132 KB] Section 19 Non-Government
2018 Companies (Clarification of Dividend Rules in Companies) Amendment Bill [PDF, 128 KB] No issues Non-Government
2018 Tariff (PACER Plus) Amendment Bill [PDF, 127 KB] No issues Government Bill
2018 Accident Compensation Amendment Bill [PDF, 196 KB] Section 19 Government Bill
2018 Fair Trading (Oppressive Contracts) Amendment Bill [PDF, 130 KB] No issues Non-Government
2018 Administration of Justice (Reform of Contempt of Court) Bill [PDF, 217 KB] Sections 14, 22, 25 (a), (c) Non-Government
2018 Oaths and Declarations (Members of Parliament) Amendment Bill [PDF, 129 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Education (Social Investment Funding and Abolition of Decile System) Amendment Bill [PDF, 272 KB] Section 14 Non-Government Bill
2018 Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Amendment Bill [PDF, 129 KB] No issues Government Bill
2018 Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Act [PDF, 128 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Electronic Compliance with Reporting Requirements Bill [PDF, 127 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Crown Minerals Amendment Bill [PDF, 188 KB] Section 27(1) Government Bill
2018 Local Electoral Matters Bill [PDF, 186 KB] Section 14 Government Bill
2018 Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill [PDF, 131 KB] No issues Government Bill
2018 Commerce Amendment Bill [PDF, 201 KB] Section 14 Government Bill
2018 Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill [PDF, 130 KB] No issues Government Bill
2018 Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill [PDF, 130 KB] No issues Government Bill
2018 Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill [PDF, 189 KB] Sections 14, 21, 26(2) Government Bill
2018 Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill [PDF, 129 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Election Access Fund Bill [PDF, 127 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Earthquake Commission Amendment Bill [PDF, 263 KB] Sections 14, 27(1) Government Bill
2018 Employment Bill (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) [PDF, 296 KB] Sections 14, 19 Non-Government Bill
2018 Privacy Bill [PDF, 157 KB] Sections 14, 21, 25(c) Government Bill
2018 Crimes Amendment Bill [PDF, 74 KB] Section 21 Government Bill
2018 Coroners (Access to Body of Dead Person) Amendment Bill [PDF, 99 KB] No issues Government Bill
2018 Corrections Amendment Bill [PDF, 265 KB] Sections 14, 21, 23(5) Government Bill
2018 Health (National Cervical Screening Programme) Amendment Bill [PDF, 128 KB] No issues Government Bill
2018 Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill [PDF, 102 KB] Section 19 Government Bill
2018 Accident Compensation Amendment Bill [PDF, 129 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Crimes (Offence of Blasphemous Libel) Amendment Bill [PDF, 127 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill [PDF, 136 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill [PDF, 130 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Child Poverty Reduction Bill [PDF, 198 KB] Sections 19(1) & 27 Government Bill
2018 State Sector and Crown Entities Reform Bill [PDF, 254 KB] Sections 14, 25(d) & 27(1) Government Bill
2018 Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Bill [PDF, 194 KB] Sections 17, 25(a) & (d) Government Bill
2018 Families Commission Act Repeal Bill [PDF, 130 KB] No issues Government Bill
2018 Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Bill [PDF, 275 KB] Sections 14, 25(c) & 27(3) Government Bill
2018 Education Amendment Bill [PDF, 195 KB] Sections 21 & 25(c) Government Bill
2018 Employment Relations Amendment Bill [PDF, 269 KB] Sections 14, 17 & 27(1) Government Bill
2018 KiwiFund Bill [PDF, 127 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licenses) Amendment Bill [PDF, 129 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2018 Education (National Education and Learning Priorities) Amendment Bill [PDF, 130 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Bill (No 2) [PDF, 132 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill [PDF, 198 KB] Sections 19, 21 & 25(c) Government Bill
2017 Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosions and Profit Shifting) Bill [PDF, 205 KB] Sections 14 & 27 Government Bill
2017 Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill [PDF, 1.2 MB] Sections 14 & 17 Government Bill
2017 Families Package (Income Tax and Benefits) Bill [PDF, 211 KB] Section 19 Government Bill
2017 Overseas Investment Amendment Bill [PDF, 204 KB] Sections 19, 21 Government Bill
2017 Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Bill [PDF, 216 KB] Section 27 Government Bill
2017 Brokering (Weapons and Related Items) Control Bill [PDF, 199 KB] Sections 14 & 25 Government Bill
2017 Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill [PDF, 132 KB] Section 19 Government Bill
2017 Court Matters Bill [PDF, 194 KB]

Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill [PDF, 187 KB]
Section 27 Government Bill
2017 Legislation Bill [PDF, 116 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Sentencing (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill [PDF, 117 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Military Justice Legislation Amendment Bill [PDF, 149 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Racing Amendment Bill [PDF, 166 KB] Section 14 Government Bill
2017 Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill [PDF, 175 KB] Sections 14 & 27 Government Bill
2017 Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill [PDF, 249 KB] Sections 14, 19 & 21 Government Bill
2017 Thames-Coromandel District Council and Hauraki District Council Mangrove Management Bill [PDF, 163 KB] Section 19 Non-Government Bill
2017 Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis and Other Matters) Amendment Bill [PDF, 166 KB] Section 19 Non-Government Bill
2017 Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill [PDF, 174 KB] Sections 14 & 21 Government Bill
2017 Ngai Tai ki Tamaki Claims Settlement Bill [PDF, 5 MB] Sections 19, 20 & 27 Government Bill
2017 Parihaka Reconciliation Bill [PDF, 4.3 MB] Section 19 Government Bill
2017 BORA Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill [PDF, 304 KB] Sections 14, 19 Government Bill
2017 Trusts Bill [PDF, 161 KB] Section 19 Government Bill
2017 Criminal Record (Expungement of Convictions for Historical Homosexual Offences) Bill [PDF, 8.6 MB] Sections 14,25 & 27 Government Bill
2017 Ngati Tamaoho Claims Settlement Bill [PDF, 248 KB] Sections 19,20 and 27 Government Bill
2017 Care and Support Worker (Pay Equity) Settlement Bill [PDF, 178 KB] Sections 14 and 27 Government Bill
2017 Education (Public Good not Profit from Charter Schools) Amendment Bill [PDF, 116 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Employment Relations (Restoring Kiwis’ Right to a Break at Work) Amendment Bill [PDF, 166 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Local Electoral (Equitable Process for Establishing Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill [PDF, 163 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill [PDF, 209 KB] Section 19 Non-Government Bill
2017 Taxation (Budget Measures: Family Incomes Package) Bill [PDF, 170 KB] Section 19 Government Bill
2017 Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) [PDF, 172 KB] Section 21 Government Bill
2017 Newborn Enrolment with General Practice Bill [PDF, 117 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Autonomous Sanctions Bill [PDF, 133 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Subordinate Legislation Confirmation Bill (No 3) [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Electoral (Registration by Special Vote) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Friendly Societies and Credit Unions (Regulatory Improvement) Amendment Bill [PDF, 224 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 International Transparent Treaties Bill [PDF, 68 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Crown Minerals (Protection of World Heritage Sites) Amendment Bill [PDF, 116 KB] No issues Government Bill
2017 Equal Pay Amendment Bill [PDF, 172 KB] Section 14 Government Bill
2017 Taxation (Annual Rates for 2017–18, Employment and Investment Income, and Remedial Matters) Bill [PDF, 209 KB] Section 14 Government Bill
2017 Public Finance (Sustainable Development Indicators) Amendment Bill [PDF, 119 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Ombudsmen (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill [PDF, 118 KB] No issues Non-Government Bill
2017 Youth Employment Training and Education Bill [PDF, 166 KB] Section 19 Non-Government Bill
2017 Arbitration Amendment Bill [PDF, 167 KB] Section 14 (Freedom of expression) Non-Government Bill
2017 Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill [PDF, 192 KB] Sections 21 and 24-26 Government Bill
2017 Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill [PDF, 237 KB] Sections 2, 14, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25 Government Bill
2017 Conservation (Infringement System) Bill [PDF, 136 KB] Section 14(expression) Section 21(unreasonable search and seizure) and 25(c) (presumption of innocence until guilty) Government Bill
2017 Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill [PDF, 179 KB] Section 9 (sex and disability) Non-Government Bill
2017 Consumers' Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill [PDF, 207 KB] Section 14 (freedom of expression) Non-Government Bill
2017 Land Transport (Vehicle User Safety) Amendment Bill [PDF, 169 KB] Section 25c (presumption of innocence until proven guilty) Non-Government Bill

In addition to the general disclaimer for all documents on this website, please note the following: This advice was prepared to assist the Attorney-General to determine whether a report should be made to Parliament under s 7 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. It should not be used or acted upon for any other purpose. The advice does no more than assess whether the Bill complies with the minimum guarantees contained in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. The release of this advice should not be taken to indicate that the Attorney-General agrees with all aspects of it, nor does its release constitute a general waiver of legal professional privilege in respect of this or any other matter. Whilst care has been taken to ensure that this document is an accurate reproduction of the advice provided to the Attorney-General, neither the Ministry of Justice nor the Crown Law Office accepts any liability for any errors or omissions.

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