COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Auckland is currently at Alert Level 2. The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. We'll continue to help over the phone and online where we can. Our service centres are open and if we need to meet with you in person, we'll make an appointment with you.

Information is available for people affected by COVID-19, including individuals, employers and community providers.

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What's new

25 September 2020

New weekly reporting, including COVID-19 Income Relief Payment data, is now available.

22 September 2020

The Government has announced there will be changes to who can get the Leave Support Scheme and the length of payments from midday on 28 September 2020.

18 September 2020

Tender now open for providers of new Creative Careers service. We need providers of this new pilot service in Auckland, Waikato and Nelson.

17 August 2020

New payment announced

10 August 2020

MSD is coordinating a new service to help New Zealanders connect to the wide range of supports and advice available through government agencies to help workers and businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19.

07 August 2020

Each year $750,000 is made available for policy-relevant research using Growing Up in New Zealand data.

07 August 2020

The Social Housing Register update for the June 2020 is now available

05 August 2020

If you're an employer, you can apply for monthly payments to help you keep or take on new apprentices.

31 July 2020

How it has affected the number of one-off hardship grants

30 July 2020

Read our latest newsletter to find out what we’re working on with our partners and stakeholders to help our Kiwi families and communities to be safe, strong and independent.

16 July 2020

The Benefit Fact Sheets provide a high-level view of trends and are broken down by different benefits, gender, age groups and payment types.

06 July 2020

MSD has today launched three five-year frameworks (2019-2023) for the prevention of family violence across Aotearoa.

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