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

22 May 2019

Since 2017, the Housing Quarterly Reports provide the latest key facts on housing in New Zealand. The report gives detailed information about the Ministry of Social Development’s housing support, the demand for and the supply of public and transitional housing, and the movement of people through the housing system.

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.

08 May 2019

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins today released Cabinet decisions on the Crown’s proposed strategic approach to engaging with the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions.

03 May 2019

Government has released the Welfare Expert Advisory Group’s recommendations for the future shape of New Zealand’s welfare system.Read more about it here.

03 May 2019

New research out looks at the impact this sanction has on children.

01 May 2019

The Children and Families Research Fund will be open for applications from 4 June to 26 July 2019.

23 April 2019

The March 2019 benefit fact sheets provide a high-level view of trends in benefit receipt. The Benefit Fact Sheets are published quarterly and contains information on the benefit support provided by the Ministry.

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