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

22 June 2016

The Ministry has removed cost as a factor for its clients to access its services off any digital device on a mobile network.

17 June 2016

Submissions are invited for the Social Services Committee inquiry into the operation of the Social Workers Registration Act 2003. The closing date is 13 July 2016.

10 June 2016

From 1 July you will need to start using an AT HOP card loaded with your SuperGold concession to continue to travel for free on Auckland public transport.

04 June 2016

Statement by Chief Social Worker Paul Nixon regarding the death of Arun Kumar.

31 May 2016

The Ministry of Social Development has identified and fixed an error in its automated payment system which resulted in incorrect Accommodation Supplement payments to some clients.

27 May 2016

A message from Brendan Boyle, Ministry of Social Development Chief Executive, about the sentencing of Russell Tully.

27 May 2016

This Four-Year Plan sets out the Ministry’s strategic direction for the next four years.

27 May 2016

Budget 2016 has provided funding for Family Violence Response Coordination (FVRC).

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