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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

Simplification – Transforming our online services

The Ministry of Social Development is working to offer greater choice in the way clients interact with our Work and Income, StudyLink and Senior services.


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.


Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence Work Programme

The Government is committed to reducing family violence and sexual violence and keeping victims safe. Under the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence Work Programme, we will assess what works, how well services are linked up and what opportunities are available to take a more co-ordinated approach.


Investing in Children programme

In response to the recommendations of the Expert Panel’s Final Report, the Government agreed that a bold and urgent overhaul of the care and protection and youth justice systems was required. The Investing in Children Programme is tasked with leading the fundamental shift required to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children. This includes developing a system which prioritises the earliest opportunity for a stable and loving family, and enables all children to feel a sense of identity, belonging and connection.


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 a cross-sectoral initiative in place in sixteen locations around New Zealand. This programme of work began in March 2011 and has been extended to 30 June 2016.


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.


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.


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.


Welfare fraud

New initiatives to combat welfare fraud.


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Our programmes

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