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Social sector agency-funded providers must have accreditation so that agencies can contract for their services so that government and clients are assured they have the capability and capacity to deliver quality social services on an on-going basis.

Social Services Accreditation assesses organisations against a set of standards at a level that reflects the type of services they deliver. This means that government agencies and the provider’s clients can be confident in the services that are delivered. This is often under legislation such as staff recruitment and selection policies should comply with fair employment practices as determined in the Employment Relations Act 2000.


The Accreditation programme is governed by the Social Services Accreditation (SSA) Advisory Board to ensure Social Services Accreditation provides independent assurance. They do this by examining the costing model, approving changes in the Social Sector Standards, overseeing risk management and providing advice.

The Board represents the agencies that we provide accreditation services to - Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Justice, Department of Corrections, Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, and MSD. Additionally, SSA has an Accreditation Information Sharing MOU with nine other government agencies and several DHBs.

Levels framework

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