Application of the Official Information Act

The Authority is not bound by the Official Information Act 1982 in respect of its proceedings.

Use of personal information

Your contact information, including your address, may be provided to the Mediation Service, including where mediation is directed by the Authority, or the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment who administer fee payments for the Authority.

As a party to an employment issue, all communication with the Authority will be copied to the other party involved, and they will be given an opportunity to comment on any request to the Authority that you may make.

Determinations are a matter of public record and are available online. However the records are excluded from public search indexing so information relating to a determination can only be found by searching the employment law database.

Employment law database(external link)

Measurement and analytics

We use web measurement tools (Google Analytics) to collect statistical information about your visit. We use this information to help us understand how people are using the Employment Relations Authority website and to improve the site.

These tools do not identify the individuals using the site. We can see a record of what people do on the site, but not who they are. The information we collect includes:

  • Your top level domain name, for example
  • The search terms you use
  • The pages you visit on the site and the links you select
  • The date, time and duration of your visit
  • The site you visited before arriving at
  • Your operating system, for example Windows XP, Mac OS
  • The type of internet browser you are using to view, for example Internet Explorer.

This website uses temporary cookies (files that a website transfers to your computer) to help balance the load on our servers. These cookies do not collect any personal data and are deleted when you close your browser. You can choose to disable the use of cookies, but this may affect your ability to use some of the site’s features and view some content.

Google Analytics uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the site is transmitted to, and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google uses this information for the purpose of evaluating how you use this site, compiling reports on site activity, and providing other services relating to site activity and internet usage.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. When you use this site you consent to the processing of data about you by Google, in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

For more information on the privacy laws in New Zealand and contact details for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, please visit the Privacy Commissioner's website(external link)


The Employment Relations Authority (the Authority) website is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE). MBIE websites have security measures in place to prevent the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control.

In order to maintain the cyber security of MBIE systems and information, MBIE systems are subject to ongoing monitoring (including activity logging), analysis and auditing.

MBIE may use information about your use of our websites and other IT systems to prevent unauthorised access or attacks on these systems or to resolve such events. MBIE may use this information even if you are not involved in such activity.

MBIE may utilise services from one or more 3rd party suppliers to monitor or maintain the cyber security of its systems and information. These 3rd party suppliers will have access to monitoring and logging information as well as information processed on MBIE websites and other IT systems.