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

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest valuation of the benefit system showing our welfare reforms are having a tangible effect on the liability.

23 February 2015

Professor Richie Poulton has been appointed Chief Science Advisor at MSD and will work to improve the use of evidence in policy development and advice.

13 February 2015

Public engagement is under way on the Government’s social housing reforms.

10 February 2015

Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Chief Executive Brendan Boyle today released the findings of the second phase of the independent review into the Ministry’s security environment.

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