What we can do for

Disabled People/ Ko ngā Tāngata Hauā

We’re here to help disabled people live successful lives, to help them take their place in a society where their contribution is valued and they are included.

How can we help?

How to find services

Family and Community Services website

Family and Community Services can help you get the support you need from within your own community. They have information on the many services available nationwide.

The Family Services Directory

You can search for contact details of over 6,000 family and community services using their Family Services Directory.

Community Links are places where people can get help for a range of needs by a variety of social services and agencies. These services could range from simple financial assistance through to advocacy, support, education and counselling services.

Heartland Services website

Heartland Service Centres provide access to government services and information in rural communities. They provide an opportunity to meet face to face with government agency representatives.

Looking for work

Work and Income

Work and Income will support you while you’re not able to work and help you realise your work goals. When it’s right for you and your family, they can help you find part-time or full-time work, get training, or become self-employed.

Mainstream Employment Programme is provides work opportunities for people with significant disabilities in State Service Organisations.

Financial assistance

Work and Income may be able to help you with living costs if you’re not able to work, or are working fewer hours because you’re disabled. They may be able to provide other assistance in certain circumstances such as funding for workplace changes to make it easier for you to stay in or get work.

Information for carers

Information for Carers is a practical guide for people caring for family or friends who have ill health or a disability.

Removing barriers and creating opportunities

Enabling Good Lives is a partnership between government agencies and the disability sector aimed at long term transformation of how disabled people and families are supported to live everyday lives.

Go to the Office for Disability Issues Website

Office for Disability Issues work actively with government agencies and the disability community to remove barriers and build opportunities for disabled people to participate and be included in everyday life.

Disability Perspective Toolkit helps government policy makers incorporate a disability perspective in their work. 

New Zealand Disability Strategy is a framework requiring government agencies to consider the needs of disabled New Zealanders when developing policies and services.

Think Differently is a social change campaign to encourage and support a fundamental shift in attitudes and behaviour towards disabled people.

International deaf symbol

Accessing our Services NZSL video provides information about the services the Ministry offers is provided online in New Zealand Sign Language. This resource was produced in collaboration with Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand.