Policy cluster

Social sector strategy

Carries out our social sector policy, research, and evaluation.

Centre for Social Research and Evaluation (CSRE)

CSRE creates strong evidence based knowledge which supports social development policy and service delivery across government agencies. CSRE engages in research, evaluation and data analysis to help provide a deeper understanding of the social sector. It also publishes information and reports on social issues and trends.

These are listed in the Publications and Resources index of this site.

Medium Term Strategy Unit

The Medium Term Strategy Unit supports the Social Sector Forum (Health, Education, Social Development and Justice) to set and give effect to medium term (3-6 year) strategies for the social sector, on Government's priorities where social sector agencies share the need to act.

Office for Disability Issues

The Office for Disability Issues which promotes and monitors the New Zealand Disability Strategy; provides policy advice on issues affecting people with disabilities; and provides services to the Minister for Disability Issues

Office for Senior Citizens

The Office for Senior Citizens provides information on the senior citizens sector, promotes and monitors the Positive Ageing Strategy; and provides services to the Minister for Senior Citizens.

Social services policy

Provides social sector policy advice concerning children and families, young people, working age people, and older people. The Ministry of Youth Development also sits within Social Services.

About the Ministry of Youth Development

The Ministry of Youth Development - Te Manatu Whakahiato Taiohi – develops and promotes Active Youth Citizenship. This is young people, aged between 12 and 24 years old, using their knowledge, skills and experience to participate confidently in their communities.

The Ministry has three key roles:

  • To encourage and support a youth development approach
  • To support and facilitate youth involvement and input into decision-making processes
  • As a funder of youth development services

Working Age People’s Policy

Provides policy advice on social assistance and employment matters, and incentives to encourage participation in society.

Child, Family and Community Policy

Provides policy advice on:

  • the care and protection of children, and the successful transition of young people to adulthood
  • programmes that encourage the development of well-functioning and supportive families
  • strengthening community infrastructure and the community and voluntary sector.

Older People's Policy

Working alongside the Office for Senior Citizens, the Older People's Policy Team plays a key role in the development of policy impacting on older New Zealanders, particularly in regard to the issues of retirement income, employment, positive ageing and how New Zealand might adjust to an ageing population.