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 January 2019

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni welcomed the report. This is the first to analyse New Zealand data, saying its findings show that adhering to the government’s screen time guidelines is linked to better health profiles in New Zealand children.

17 January 2019

299,345 working age people in receipt of a main benefit as at the end of December 2018. This is more than a year ago (289,788). Benefit numbers as a proportion of the working age population increased slightly compared to December 2017.

19 December 2018

Legislation is being progressed that will bring into effect mandatory registration for anyone who is practising as a social worker.

14 December 2018

Jan-Sep StudyLink statistics available for student allowances and loans

12 December 2018

What is social connectedness and how does it affect our resilience and wellbeing? Read our new research and find out why it’s so important.

04 December 2018

We'd like your feedback on proposed changes to how we make payments to seniors who are travelling overseas.

30 November 2018

Research from Children and Families Research Fund released.

21 November 2018

What does material hardship mean for mums and their children?

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.

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