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

We’re working towards this through providing:

  • care and protection of vulnerable children and young people
  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • social policy and advice to government
  • student allowances and loans
  • social housing assessments.

What's new

21 April 2016

The latest quarterly benefit fact sheets are now available. These provide a range of information about the number of working-age people receiving main benefits in New Zealand.

19 April 2016

This data hui - He hui Whakahono i ngā mātauranga, hosted by Hon Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, is the third in the series convened by Statistics New Zealand, Treasury, and the Ministry of Social Development.

18 April 2016

The Minister for Social Development is seeking expressions of interest from those who would like to be considered for appointment to the Social Security Appeal Authority. Applications close 5.00pm on Friday 6 May 2016

14 April 2016

A new obligation under the Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Management Act took effect on 14 April 2016. This affects the types of information clients have to give MSD and broadens the group that could be contacted for tenancy review.

12 April 2016

The Minister is seeking expressions of interest to consider an appointment as a member of the Superu Board. Applications close 5.00pm Friday 22 April 2016

11 April 2016

The Ministry is now consulting on the new information sharing agreement for the Youth Service.

07 April 2016

MSD Chief Executive Brendan Boyle welcomed the release of the Final Report of the Expert Panel - Investing in New Zealand’s Children and Their Families.

07 April 2016

The Government has announced major state care reforms and a complete overhaul of Child, Youth and Family to improve the long-term life outcomes for our most vulnerable population.

01 April 2016

From 1 April 2016 benefit rates for families with dependent children are increasing by $25 a week after tax. As well, additional Childcare Assistance is available to help parents work or take up education and training. Read more on the Work and Income website.

29 March 2016

Information on this position and how to apply.

17 March 2016

The Government is pleased to announce that following the close of Expressions of Interest four respondents have been invited to participate in the Request for Proposal stage for the transfer of approximately 1124 Tauranga and 348 Invercargill Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZ) properties and tenancies to registered community housing providers.

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