International Services is a small unit of the Department of Labour.
We coordinate international labour issues in the Department and are the first point of contact in this area.
In undertaking this role we:
- provide advice as required to the Minister of Labour on relevant international labour issues
- assess the impact of international developments on New Zealand's labour interests
- provide input to the labour aspects of New Zealand's trade negotiations, and implement any resulting trade/ labour agreements
- coordinate New Zealand's input to the APEC's Labour and Social Protection Network and Human Resources and Development Working Group
- coordinate inter-departmental advice to Ministers on the implications of ratifying ILO Conventions
- provide regular reports to the ILO about New Zealand's compliance in law, policy and practice with ILO Conventions
- consult with designated representative organisations of employers and workers on all reports submitted to the ILO and other related matters
- report to Parliament on the texts of newly adopted ILO standards
- arrange visits to New Zealand by ILO fellows and other overseas labour officials
- arrange and fund the attendance of New Zealand delegates at:
- the annual ILO Conference,
- two sessions of the ILO Governing Body per year, and
- regional ILO Conferences.