Enabling Good Lives

Enabling Good Lives (EGL) is an approach to supporting disabled people that offers greater choice and control over the supports they receive, so that they can plan for the lives they want.

What is it?

In 2011, members of the disability community developed the Enabling Good Lives (EGL) approach with the intent of increasing choice and control for disabled people and their families. The EGL approach has eight core principles, a vision and key components to guide positive change. The vision and eight principles are based on respect towards disabled people and their families culminating in trusting disabled people and their families to be decision-makers in their own lives and to govern the resources used for their support.

Who is it for?

The EGL approach is a foundation and framework to guide positive change for disabled people, families, communities and governance structures. Today, the Ministry of Disabled People Whaikaha’s System Transformation work is building on the vision of the EGL approach so that in the future, disabled children and adults and their families will have greater choice and control over their supports and lives, and make more use of natural and universally available supports.

The intent of this work is to make the necessary changes so that disabled people and their families have control of their lives. This includes having the “say so” in how resources are used.

How do I use it?

There are many ways you will be able to have more choice and control using EGL. There are 5 elements underpinning the work of Whaikaha. They are:


  1. Self-directed planning and facilitation
  2. Cross government individualised and portable funding
  3. Considering the person in their wider context, not in the context of ‘funded support services’
  4. Strengthening families or whānau
  5. Community building to develop natural supports


To find out more about what these elements mean go to: https://www.whaikaha.govt.nz/about-us/enabling-good-lives/


If you need information on what supports are available in your local community contact your local Disability Information Centre.