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Death Approved Information Sharing Agreement Open For Consultation


The proposed Death Approved Information Sharing Agreement
is now open for public consultation.

Registrar-General
of Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery says the
agreement is designed to make things a little easier for
families when someone dies.

“Dealing with the death
of a loved one and winding up their affairs is difficult,
and often made more so by the need to repeatedly produce
official information to confirm the death.”

The
proposed Death Approved Information Sharing Agreement (AISA)
will clearly set out the purpose, allowed use and parties
which can receive information about deaths. This sets out
the legal basis that makes it simpler to safely share
personal death information that the Department of Internal
Affairs holds on behalf of New Zealanders.

“The
information sharing agreement will better meet the needs of
New Zealanders, public sector agencies and other
organisations, and will allow more organisations to receive
information about deaths directly,” Jeff says.

When
people die in New Zealand, the law requires that the death
is registered by the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths,
and Marriages. Both government and non-government
organisations need to have stringent processes in place to
ensure that the correct person is noted in their databases
as being deceased.

The sharing of information about
deaths by the Registrar-General will reduce the number of
administrative processes that whānau have to work their way
through at a difficult time.

“The collective
experience from the COVID19 pandemic has demonstrated the
value and increased need for streamlined and integrated
online services for New Zealand, particularly in times of
stress and this AISA could help assist with this,” says
Jeff.

Consultation is now open on the Death Approved
Information Sharing Agreement. To contribute email comments
to information.sharing@dia.govt.nz
or write to the Policy & Privacy Team, Te Ara Manaaki,
Department of Internal Affairs Level 10, 7 Waterloo Quay,
Wellington 6011.

Consultation closes on 11 June
2021.

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