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Public consultation on new Youth Service information sharing agreement

Sharing information between government agencies about young people is essential to helping the agencies identify young people who are at risk of coming on to a benefit or remaining on a benefit long-term.

Although the number of new youth entrants to benefit each year is low, the most recent actuarial valuation shows that they account for a significant proportion of benefit liability over time. In fact, more than 70 per cent of the forward liability is in respect of people who first received a benefit before the age of 20. This indicates that many of these young people remain vulnerable to benefit dependency their whole lives.

Youth Service currently gets school leaver information from the Ministry of Education. They will soon get information from the Department of Corrections. This will help them identify young people who are at risk of coming on to a benefit or remaining on a benefit long-term.

The Youth Service is expanding to include 18 and 19 year olds. The current information sharing arrangements will need to adapt to this change.

The Ministry is inviting submissions on the new information sharing agreement. We are considering views about the suitability of the information sharing agreement from:

  • agencies involved in the Youth Service
  • potential recipients of the Youth Service
  • the public.

The deadline for submissions is 6 May 2016.

Please send your submission to: YouthServiceExtensionProject@msd.govt.nz.

If you can’t email it to us, you can mail a hard copy to:

  • Chris O’Grady
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • P O Box 1556
  • Wellington 6140
  • New Zealand
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Documents

Draft Approved Information Sharing Agreement

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