We help New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent.

We’re working towards this through providing:

  • care and protection of vulnerable children and young people
  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • social policy and advice to government
  • student allowances and loans.

What's new

The latest updates to information on the website

17 April 2014

The Associate Minister for Social Development, Chester Borrows, announced today the passing of the Social Security (Fraud Measures and Debt Recovery) Amendment Bill that holds partners jointly accountable for any welfare fraud and subsequent debt created because of dishonesty.

17 April 2014

The latest benefit fact sheets for the March 2014 quarter have been released.

14 April 2014

From today, the Ministry of Social Development manages applications for social housing and refers people on the waitlist to social housing providers.

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