We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.

We’re working towards this through providing:

  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • policy and advice to government
  • student allowances and loans
  • public housing assistance.

What's new

14 June 2019

On 20th February 2019, the Ministry for Social Development and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment asked for feedback on replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption with a wage-supplement approach.

04 June 2019

Government confirms funding for the next wave of data collection by the Growing Up in New Zealand study.

04 June 2019

Applications for policy-relevant research projects are now open. The funding round closes Friday 26 July 2019.

30 May 2019

The Government has announced a significant investment in MSD and our work to help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.

22 May 2019

The March Social Housing and Transfer Register data is now available.

20 May 2019

The Government yesterday announced a package of new funding, as part of Wellbeing Budget 2019, dedicated to eliminating family violence and sexual violence in Aotearoa.

17 May 2019

The Ministry of Social Development is available to help people with any concerns they may have regarding their fraud investigations.

16 May 2019

MSD accepts Privacy Commissioner's recommendations and has made changes in its approach to cases of high risk fraud investigations.

09 May 2019

Five research projects to receive grants from Children and Families Research Fund.

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