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

Code(s) of Conduct Governing Information Collection

The Social Security Act 2018 and the Public and Community Housing Management Act 1992 have far reaching powers for gathering information, which are important for the effective administration of those Acts. These powers extend to MSD issuing notices requiring people to produce information and documentation, and largely govern the collection of information for the purpose of recovering overpayments and investigating allegations of fraud.

To ensure the Ministry is appropriately using these powers, Code(s) of Conduct are issued to govern their use in practise. The Code(s) provide safeguards to protect an individual’s right to privacy and ensure fair procedures are followed by MSD.

The Code(s) of Conduct are like a Privacy Code of Practice and any person who has received or is a subject of a notice can complain to the Privacy Commissioner about a breach of the Code.

MSD takes benefit and housing fraud seriously. You can find out more about our fraud investigations on the Work and Income website.

While we have a responsibility to protect the integrity of the welfare system, we are committed to treating clients fairly and ethically. Our Ethics Framework applies to staff who play a role in investigation activities.

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