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Work programmes

Our research and experience has led us to identify deliverables that we consider will make the most significant contribution to our outcomes and to the Government's priorities. These deliverables are detailed in the work programmes and initiatives which the Ministry undertakes.


Current programmes

The Social Security Act 1964 Rewrite

The Government has asked the Ministry to look at how we can rewrite the Act so it’s easier to understand and reflects a modern approach to delivering assistance to New Zealand families. A rewrite would provide greater clarity and coherence, ensure greater consistency and modernise language so that existing policies are more understandable.

Social Sector Trials

The Social Sector Trials are in place in sixteen locations around New Zealand. This programme of work begin in March 2011 and has been extended to 30 June 2015.

Social Housing Reform Programme

The Social Housing Reform Programme will increase the supply of social housing in New Zealand. It builds on a number of measures taken over recent years to provide more New Zealanders in need with quality and affordable housing.


Better Public Services

The Ministry of Social Development is responsible for two programmes that will help the Government deliver Better Public Services.


Investing in Services for Outcomes

Communities, social services and Government working together can improve outcomes for individuals, children, families and whānau in New Zealand.


Welfare Reform

Over the next three years New Zealand’s welfare system will be reformed with new benefits that recognise that most beneficiaries can and do want to work.


Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) provider consultation

The Ministry of Social Development is seeking feedback from OSCAR providers on detailed proposals for a new OSCAR grant funding system.


Welfare fraud

New initiatives to combat welfare fraud.


Other work programmes


Fresh Start for young offenders

Information on the Fresh Start for young offenders reforms took effect on 1 October 2010.

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