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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

A new dataset that explores the full range of financial support main benefit clients receive – known as their ‘total income’ shows an increase for all benefit recipients

20 July 2022

The Ministry of Social Development and Inland Revenue are holding public consultation on plans to amend their Approval Information Sharing Agreement. This is part of Child Support Pass-on announced in Budget 2022.

25 May 2022

The COVID-19 Income Relief Payment was a 12-week time-limited payment introduced to provide temporary income relief for people who lost their job or small business because of the impacts of COVID-19.

19 May 2022

Budget 2022 continues to support MSD’s efforts to help low-income New Zealanders, whether on benefit or working, as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

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