Primary legislation we manage and administer:

  • Social Security Act 2018 (SSA 2018)
  • New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001 (Part 1 and Schedules 1)
  • Social Welfare (Reciprocity Agreements, and New Zealand Artificial Limb Service) Act 1990
  • Student Allowances Regulations 1998 and Part 25 of the Education Act 1989
  • Social Workers Registration Act 2003
  • Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (Part 2 only)
  • Children’s Commissioner Act 2003
  • New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006
  • Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975 (except Part 2A)
  • Employment Services and Income Support Integrated Administration Act 1998
  • Family Benefits (Home Ownership) Act 1964
  • Department of Child, Youth and Family Services Act 1999
  • Department of Social Welfare Act 1971.

Protecting your rights

The Ministry issues Codes Of Conduct that govern the way we can obtain information from the people we help. It protects confidential relationships and ensures we follow a fair process.

Note: This Code of Conduct applies to requirements for information or documents made under section 11(1) for the purposes set out in section 11(2) of the Act. NOTE: Section 11 is replaced by Schedule 6 of the Social Security Act 2018.

Legislation - Schedule 6 of the Social Security Act 2018 :

Schedule 6: Power to obtain information

Legislation - Section 9 of the Social Security Act 2018

Provides that references to the Social Security Act 1964 are to be read as references to Social Security Act 2018, and provisions of the new act are equivalent in rewritten form.

Please contact us for an alternate copy if you are unable to download these PDF documents.