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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


Public housing and support services

MSD works with the housing sector to deliver more housing and support services for New Zealanders in need.

Fast track resolution of Historic Abuse Claims

The Government and MSD has determined that all cases of historic abuse claims for those who were in state care be settled by 2020 where possible.


Family Violence and Sexual Violence Work Programme

New Zealand has amongst the highest reported rates of family violence and sexual violence in the developed world. A cross-government work programme is putting in place a wide range of initiatives to stop violence from occurring, reduce the harm it causes, and break the cycle of re-victimisation and re-offending.


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.



Better Public Services

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


Community Investment Strategy

The Community Investment Strategy was launched in June 2015 and helps make sure that Ministry-funded community-based social services are targeted at the right people and the right communities, based on evidence of what works.


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Our programmes

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