Community and Families Policy

The Community and Families Policy group covers a broad range of areas, particularly those with a cross sector or cross agency dimension.

The group provides policy advice on:

  • communities
  • youth
  • people with disabilities
  • family violence
  • sexual violence.

It co-ordinates MSD’s participation in wider social sector policy initiatives, and supports work on cross-sector Auckland issues.

It leads social sector responses to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC), and is currently supporting amendments to the Social Worker Registration Act 2003 and a review of independent oversight of the new vulnerable children’s system, including the role of the Children’s Commissioner.

The group includes the Office for Disability Issues, which is the focal point within government on disability issues. The Office supports implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the New Zealand Disability Strategy and works directly with the Minister for Disability Issues.

Employment and Income Support

The Employment and Income Support group has three teams;

  • The Youth Employment and Labour Market team is responsible for:
    • Policy development and advice to ensure the Ministry is responsive to labour market change and demand and to reduce long-term benefit dependency.
    • Its focus is to help secure and increase the quality of life, employment and education outcomes of disadvantaged young people.
  • The Health and Disability Employment team is responsible for:
    • Policy advice to address issues for people who face barriers to employment because they have a health condition or disability.
    • Its focus is to ensure disabled people and people with health conditions are supported to obtain work and enjoy a higher quality of life.
  • The Income Support team is responsible for:
    • Producing quality evidence based policy advice for Ministers on a range of topical income support issues.
    • Its focus is to support, ensure and maintain a fair, robust benefit system and improve financial incentives to work or prepare for work.

Policy also includes the Housing Policy Group and the Seniors and International Policy Group