Residential Care and Other Matters Amendment Bill

Have your say about the legislative work underway on the Residential Care and Other Matters Amendment Bill and access key documents.

About the amendment Bill

We are working on potential changes to the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and the Residential Care Regulations 1996. These changes will be contained in an amendment Bill called the Oranga Tamariki (Residential Care and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.

There is a mix of topics we are considering for potential inclusion in the Bill. The Minister for Children is yet to receive advice or make any decisions regarding these topics:

Residential Care

Our aim is to support a new model of residential care that is better aligned with the future direction of Oranga Tamariki. Our vision is to shift away from larger residences towards smaller more family-like homes, with an associated shift to more trauma-informed and therapeutic residential care. We are considering what amendments to the Act may be needed to support those shifts.

Other Matters

We are also considering potential changes to these other matters:

  • Special guardianship orders
  • Remand options
  • The law that applies to young people sentenced in the adult jurisdiction
  • Voluntary extended care agreements and
  • Information sharing.

You can see a PowerPoint presentation that introduces all the topics under consideration below:

What's happening

No decisions have yet been made about what changes to make. We are currently at the first stage of a 2-stage approach to developing potential amendments:

  • Stage 1: Identify the issues and objectives.
  • Stage 2: Design and assess options for changing the legislation.

Give us your feedback on our issues papers

We welcome your feedback on our issues papers. You can download and read them below.

  • Have we identified the right issues for each topic?
  • Have we identified the right objectives to address those issues?
  • Are we asking the right questions?

You can send us your feedback by emailing

We would like to receive any feedback on the first three “other matters” by 24 August 2022, and on all other topics by 7 September.  We’ll then invite your feedback on Stage 2

How you can get involved

We welcome involvement from any person or organisation affected by the matters we are exploring.

If you have any questions about the Bill, please contact us at

Published: July 28, 2022