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Welfare Reform

New Zealand’s welfare system is being reformed with new benefits that recognise that most beneficiaries can and do want to work.

The changes have taken place in three stages: in August 2012, October 2012, and July 2013.

Supporting disabled people and people with health conditions into work

The Ministry of Social Development is changing the way we assist disabled people and people with health conditions into work.

Now we want feedback from people and organisations from throughout New Zealand to check we are on the right track.

July 2013 - welfare system changes

The changes introduced in July 2013 simplify the benefit system and bring in a clearer focus on work.

October 2012 - work obligations

On 15 October 2012 changes were introduced to some benefits to encourage and support more people into work. Paid work can provide a better future for more New Zealanders and will help them become financially independent.

August 2012 - Youth Service

Youth Service, the first part of the Government’s Welfare Reform programme, started on 20 August 2012

Cabinet Papers and Regulatory Impact Statements

Read about the background in the Cabinet Papers and Regulatory Impact Statements (RISs) relating to Welfare Reform.