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

12 November 2018

The Government has announced the final Terms of Reference for the renamed Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions.

31 October 2018

Employment and Social Outcomes Investment Strategy. MSD sets the direction of travel for the next four years.

The new Social Security Act 2018 comes into force on 26 November 2018. It won’t change anyone’s benefits or entitlements and it will make the legislation clearer and simpler to follow.

23 October 2018

The 2017/2018 Annual Report for the Ministry of Social Development has been released. It features work we do to support New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent, as well as the work we do with partners to achieve a bigger and better difference for New Zealanders.

18 October 2018

The Ministry of Social Development to review privacy protections in serious fraud investigations and will review the best way to gather necessary information about high risk benefit fraud while balancing clients’ right to privacy.

18 October 2018

The latest fact sheets give a high-level view of trends in benefit receipt in the quarter to 30 September 2018.

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