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

21 February 2020

What happened to people leaving the benefit system during the year ended 30 June 2016.

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand yet, some people have been affected indirectly. Find out more on the help we can provide if you've been affected by COVID-19 on our Work and Income website.

On 30 March, there’ll be an important change for people in emergency housing and the costs they pay. Go to the Work and Income website to find out more.

23 January 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.

13 January 2020

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is looking into how the Official Information Act operates across 12 government departments. As part of the investigation the Ombudsman has invited the public to take part in a survey.  The public survey will remain open until 24 January 2020.

19 December 2019

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

17 December 2019

The Crown has adopted a new strategy for resolving historical claims arising from abuse in state care that better reflects its principled response to the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry.

12 December 2019

"What is known about effective recovery services for men who have been sexually abused?" brings together evidence on what works to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse.

05 December 2019

The Government today launched Mahi Aroha – Carers’ Strategy Action Plan 2019–2023 to improve the wellbeing of the one in 10 New Zealanders who care for a loved one with a disability, health condition, illness or injury.

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