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

18 July 2019

The June 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.

10 July 2019

The Oranga Tamariki Act has been updated to improve how personal information is shared for the wellbeing and safety of tamariki.

28 June 2019

The Student Support Update is an A3 dashboard that contains a high-level overview of key information and trends on student statistics.

28 June 2019

MSD regularly evaluates service effectiveness; this report looks at intensive case management services from October 2012 to July 2017.

Read our latest news and find out how we are working with our partners and stakeholders.

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.

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