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2017 Four-year Plan

This Four-Year Plan sets out the Ministry’s strategic direction for the next four years. It outlines the key priorities and work programmes that will contribute to achieving this strategic direction, meeting the priorities and expectations of government, and delivering better outcomes for New Zealanders.


Please note this document was approved on 5 December 2016.

On 1 April 2017 the functions of the Ministry of Social Development relating to the care and support of vulnerable children and young people were taken over by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

Since this Four Year Plan was written, the Ministry has continued to revise and refine its strategic direction to support its refreshed role and mandate. As a consequence, this Four Year Plan has not been updated since it was written in December 2016. As decisions are made, we will update our organisational plans, strategies and performance frameworks as appropriate.

We also note that many of the Ministry’s other key work programmes have evolved and changed since this plan was written in December 2016.