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

28 October 2016

Taking children into care is always a last resort - We expect anyone with concerns about the safety of a child to contact Child, Youth and Family or the Police immediately.

28 October 2016

The 2014/2015 Annual Report has been released.

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 October 2016

The Ministry of Social Development is undertaking a major shift in how it funds and supports budgeting services that are delivered to the public.

19 October 2016

The Government is seeking proposals from social-service providers who can work intensively with tenants to help sustain their social housing tenancy.

12 October 2016

The Government is seeking partners to manage emergency housing and provide support services for tenants in the next step in its plan to increase the number of emergency places throughout New Zealand.

11 October 2016

The Prime Minister's Youth Programme is for young people aged 14 - 17 years from Auckland who have faced challenges in their lives and are now positively moving forward or who are showing the potential to do so. Nominations are open now and close on 26 October 2016 at 5pm.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has announced that MSD has secured contracts with over 30 providers for around 760 emergency housing places throughout New Zealand at any one time.

19 September 2016

The Government will redevelop 300 existing Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties into about 1200 new homes in Northcote, Ministers Bill English and Dr Nick Smith have announced.

19 September 2016

The Ministry is now making offers to nearly 270 claimants who were represented and had made claims by the end of December 2014. If you are a legally represented claimant and have any questions about this process, you should contact your solicitor in the first instance.

16 September 2016

An updated version of A Guide for Carers is now available online.

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