Two older men walking dogs on the beach.

Our responsibilities

At some point in their lives, most New Zealanders will have contact with us. We work closely with partner agencies and service providers to help people get the support they need, when they need it, no matter where it has to be found.

Our role and functions:

  • funding for community service providers
  • employment support
  • income support including payments, entitlements and New Zealand Superannuation
  • social housing assessments and services
  • access to concessions and discounts for senior citizens, families and low-income New Zealanders
  • student allowances and student loans
  • information, knowledge and support for families and communities
  • campaigns that challenge antisocial attitudes and behaviour
  • services to uphold the integrity of the welfare system and minimise the debt levels of the people we work with
  • leadership across the social sector.

Government priorities

We contribute to the Government’s priorities to:

  • build a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy
  • improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families
  • provide new leadership by government.

Statement of Intent 2018-2022

The Ministry of Social Development 2017-2022 Statement of Intent sets out our strategic objectives for the next four years

Matching Programmes and responsibilities

All matching is designed to identify circumstances where a client’s entitlement to Ministry products or services may be affected.

Business Partners and Contractors Health and Safety Policy

The Health and Safety at Work Act came into effect on 4 April 2016. The Act replaced the existing Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and is a key part of a reform package to New Zealand’s health and safety system.

The main purpose of the Act is to provide a balanced framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces. The Act recognises that a well-functioning health and safety system relies on leadership, participation and accountability of government, business and workers.