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COVID-19

Along with the rest of New Zealand, the Ministry is now working under the COVID-19 Protection Framework or 'traffic light' system. See our COVID-19 information pages.

Significant changes to Disability System

The Minister for Disability and the Minister for Health have announced a significant suite of changes to drive the transformation of the Disability System and to make Aotearoa more accessible.

Read about the Disability System Transformation

Read about Making Aotearoa accessible

See the Minister's press release

What's new

14 January 2022

New weekly data for the week ending 7 January 2022 is now available.

15 December 2021

Read Benefit Forecasts for the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2021

10 December 2021

New monthly data for November 2021 is now available.

08 December 2021

Data for the September 2021 quarter is now available.

07 December 2021

Marama Davidson, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence, publicly released Te Aorerekura — Aotearoa New Zealand’s first-ever cross-government strategy to eliminate violence — on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

01 December 2021

Read and download our guidance for operating in the COVID-19 Protection Framework or 'traffic light' system.

25 November 2021

A new COVID-19 Protection Framework Welfare Response was announced by Ministers today.

11 November 2021

The 2021 report updates the 2019 edition using non-incomes data from Stats NZ’s larger 2018-19 and 2019-20 Household Economic Surveys, and includes New Zealand’s rankings for international comparisons of material hardship rates.

11 November 2021

This report adds an international dimension to the existing housing affordability time series already available in the Household Incomes Report. The focus is on renters and owners rather than those seeking to purchase a property.

08 November 2021

The Government has made an announcement regarding Working for Families, with changes taking place from April 2022.

02 November 2021

MSD commissioned Growing Up in New Zealand to survey the health, wellbeing and education experiences of around 2,500 cohort children during the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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