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

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.

10 April 2019

New research provides insights into prevalence, school readiness and protective factors around adverse childhood experiences.

09 April 2019

Changes announced today by the Government.

05 April 2019

The Ministry of Social Development is extending the seasonal labour shortage in Hawke’s Bay and declaring a shortage in Bay of Plenty.

02 April 2019

This background paper sets the Stats NZ Child Poverty Statistics in the context of the longer time series published in MSD’s Household Incomes Report and the companion reports on material wellbeing which use non-income measures.

29 March 2019

Student Data statistics for December 2018 is now available

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