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

21 July 2016

The Benefit Fact Sheets provide a high-level view of trends in benefit receipt.

15 July 2016

The Ministry of Social Development Chief Executive's annual expenses are available to view online now.

15 July 2016

Public submissions are invited for the Social Services Select Committee’s consideration of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age Settings) Amendment Bill.

05 July 2016

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is relocating its national office as part of a wider government property project that is forecasted to save the Government over $333 million in rent and other costs, MSD chief executive Brendan Boyle announced today.

04 July 2016

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is disputing aspects of a WorkSafe prosecution relating to the murder of two of its Ashburton staff after pleading guilty to a charge under section 50 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act.

01 July 2016

New emergency housing service in place today

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.

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