Data and Statistics Bill

5 Overview

(1)

Part 1 deals with preliminary matters, including the definitions of terms used in this Act.

(2)

Part 2 provides for roles and responsibilities, including—

(a)

the continuation of Statistics New Zealand (section 10):

(b)

the functions and powers of the Minister under this Act (section 11):

(c)

the appointment, functions, duties, and independence of the Government Statistician (sections 12 to 17):

(d)

the establishment and periodic review of the multi-year data and statistical programme (sections 18 to 21).

(3)

Part 3 provides for the collection of data and for matters concerning statistical confidentiality. It sets out—

(a)

the ways in which data may be collected by the Statistician, including the making of requests for data, the provision of data by agreement, and other methods of collection (section 22):

(b)

provisions relating to the power of the Statistician, and, in certain cases, public sector agencies authorised by the Statistician, to make requests for data, and the obligation to comply with requests (sections 23 to 31):

(c)

the authority for an individual, public sector agency, or organisation to provide information to the Statistician by agreement without a request (sections 32 and 33):

(d)

specific requirements regarding the taking of the census of population and dwellings (sections 34 to 38):

(e)

statistical confidentiality and the circumstances in which the Statistician may disclose information that identifies any person or organisation (sections 39 to 42).

(4)

Part 4 relates to the production of official statistics, including—

(a)

the matters on which official statistics may be produced (section 43):

(b)

the power of the Minister to direct the Statistician to produce or cease production of statistics (section 44):

(c)

the obligations of a public sector agency to provide information to, consult, and assist the Statistician in relation to matters concerning the production of official statistics and affecting the data that might be made available for research under the this Act (section 45):

(d)

the ability of the Statistician to make official statistics available to any person or group of persons subject to temporary conditions about publication and disclosure (section 46).:

(e)

limits on the use, for the production of official statistics, of data that is collected by agreement for research (section 47).

(5)

Part 5 relates to access to data for research, including—

(a)

the Statistician’s power to authorise access for research to data held by Statistics New Zealand (sections 48 to 52):

(aa)

the Statistician’s obligation to publish information about access to data held by Statistics New Zealand for research (section 53):

(b)

the obligations of researchers who access data for research (section 54):

(c)

the power of the chief executive of a public sector agency authorised to do so by the Statistician to grant access for research in accordance with Part 5 to data held by that agency (sections 55 and 56).

(6)

Part 6 relates to offences and enforcement, including—

(a)

powers of entry for the Statistician to obtain data that the Statistician considers necessary or desirable to enable the Statistician to produce official statistics (sections 57 to 59):

(b)

powers to issue compliance notices and infringement notices to enforce compliance with the provisions of the Bill (sections 60 to 75):

(c)

offences (sections 76 to 89).

(7)

Part 7 contains general and miscellaneous provisions, including—

(a)

the power of the Statistician to issue written set standards relating to the production of official statistics and the collection and management of data for official statistics and research under the this Act (section 90):

(b)

amendments to other Acts to clarify the extent to which those Acts limit or prevent the provision of data to the Statistician under clauses 29, 30, and 32.