The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to prepare the Terms of Reference (TOR) for a new inquiry into the drivers of persistent disadvantage within people’s lifetimes and across generations.

The inquiry is about finding effective ways to mitigate and eventually break the cycle of long-term disadvantage to help ensure that all Kiwis get a fair chance in life. There are three main purposes to this inquiry:

  • creating a clear, coherent and accessible summary of the trends in economic inclusion and social mobility in New Zealand, including the links between reducing persistent disadvantage and higher productivity, economic performance and wellbeing;
  • undertaking significant research to generate new insights about people facing persistent disadvantage in New Zealand; and
  • assessing what works and developing policy recommendations for breaking the cycle of that disadvantage.

The Commission is now asking for public input to help develop the Terms of Reference.  For example, before settling on the ToR they want to hear from people about what inclusion or success looks like to them. What outcomes are crucial for the wellbeing of Aotearoa’s tamariki, whānau and communities?

- Read more and have your say on the A fair chance for all - Breaking the disadvantage cycle page