We help New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent.

We’re working towards this through providing:

  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • policy and advice to government
  • student allowances and loans
  • public housing assistance.

What's new

23 April 2018

We’ve found several areas where we acted in good faith but later found our practice was out of sync with the law, including a Special Benefit issue which we’re fixing from today Monday 23 April 2018.

19 April 2018

The latest fact sheets give a high-level view of trends in benefit receipt in the quarter to 31 March 2018.

06 April 2018

First reading of Bill improving access to NZ Super and Veteran’s Pension for people in the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau.

05 April 2018

The Ministry of Social Development is declaring a seasonal labour shortage across the Tasman region today.

05 April 2018

The Minister for Social Development is seeking expressions of interest for the Board of the New Zealand Artificial Limb Service

04 April 2018

Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) is a government-funded, community social work service available in most decile 1-3 primary and intermediate schools and kura kaupapa Māori.

29 March 2018

Tenancy reviews are on hold until after mid 2018.

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