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
  • social housing assessments.

What's new

28 January 2016

The 2015 Valuation of the Benefit System for Working-age Adults is now released.

27 January 2016

MSD wants to get a better understanding of the housing situation for young people in New Zealand aged from 16 to 24 years.

26 January 2016

Anyone receiving a Work and Income payment who is the subject of a warrant to arrest for a criminal offence needs to clear it as soon as possible or payments will be affected.

From 25 January 2016, 138 young New Zealanders are having an exciting six months ahead – their Youth Parliament 2016 tenure.

22 January 2016

The December 2015 Social Housing Register numbers have just been released.

21 January 2016

The benefit fact sheets for the December 2015 quarter have been released.

15 January 2016

Following enquiries regarding the assistance available to young people living rough in Auckland, MSD wants to assure the public that there is support for young people.

06 January 2016

Technical difficulties with Ministry of Social Development IT systems yesterday have been resolved and are now running as usual.

16 December 2015

Today the Ministry of Social Development has confirmed the new structure of the Ministry of Youth Development

07 December 2015

More social housing places will be available in Auckland as the Ministry of Social Development enters into agreements with five community housing providers to deliver an extra 508 social housing places.

01 December 2015

Have your say on the progress we are making on the NZ Carers’ Strategy Action Plan 2014 to 2018, and the difference it is making for whānau, aiga, and family carers.

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