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Ministerial approvals

Section 6 of the Statistics Act 1975 requires the Minister of Statistics to approve all new statistical surveys commissioned by government departments (including Statistics New Zealand), and any substantial alterations to existing surveys.

There are two stages in the approval process:

  1. When a survey is first proposed, we ask the Minister of Statistics to grant provisional approval. To inform the Minister’s decision, we provide an overview of the survey purpose and design, and information about how conducting the survey will meet our customers’ needs. This provisional approval signals we can start developing and designing a cost-efficient survey methodology that meets user requirements.
  2. If a survey of acceptable quality is feasible and will be fit-for-purpose, the Government Statistician recommends that the Minister consider approving the survey under Section 6 of the Statistics Act 1975.

In both stages of the approval process, we produce a Collection Value and Respondent Load Assessment statement. These are reviewed by our Respondent Advocate, a person appointed to represent the position of respondents in the department's activities and decision making. The Respondent Advocate's reports are used by the Government Statistician to formulate his recommendation to the Minister.

A survey cannot be undertaken until formally approved by the Minister of Statistics.
 
On 1 July 1993, the Minister of Statistics removed the requirement for other government departments to seek ministerial approval to conduct surveys. However, the Minister of Statistics must approve any survey run by Statistics NZ.

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