How to make a submission on a bill
How to find out what parliamentary bills are open for public feedback and options for how to make a submission.
How it works
When a bill for a new law has been drafted, it’s read in parliament then referred to a select committee. The committee usually ask for feedback from the public by calling for submissions.
Check when a bill is open for submissions
You can check the New Zealand (NZ) Parliament website to:
- search for a select committee or bill
- find out when bills are open for submissions
- sign up for email notifications.
Get a copy of a bill
You can search for and download a PDF of a bill from these websites.
For print copies, contact your local library to check for available copies of a bill.
On the NZ Legislation website you can order a print copy.
Prepare your submission
You can give your views, called ‘making a submission’, in writing or online, and sometimes in person. You can make your submission in:
- NZ Sign Language.
The NZ Parliament website has step-by-step guidance on how to make a submission.
The Quick Guide video summarises the steps to follow for how to select the bill you want and make your submission.
Submitting in NZ Sign Language
If you’re submitting in NZ Sign Language, and have any queries, contact Parliament on +64 4 817 9250.
To make the call you can use the New Zealand Relay
What happens next
The select committee:
- look at all the public submissions
- consider the evidence, and
- report back to the House its recommendations.
If they need more information, the select committee can also ask you to:
- come and talk to them directly
- provide documents to support your argument.
For more information about the submissions presented, check the NZ Parliament website.
Other ways to have your say
Check out other ways to have your say on the NZ Parliament website, including starting a petition or contacting your Member of Parliament (MP).