We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.

We’re working towards this through providing:

  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • policy and advice to government
  • student allowances and loans
  • public housing assistance.

What's new

18 October 2018

The Ministry of Social Development to review privacy protections in serious fraud investigations and will review the best way to gather necessary information about high risk benefit fraud while balancing clients’ right to privacy.

18 October 2018

The latest fact sheets give a high-level view of trends in benefit receipt in the quarter to 30 September 2018.

12 October 2018

This report is one of the steps the Government is taking to investigate how we can improve data collected on the homeless population in New Zealand.

11 October 2018

This edition updates last year's report through to June 2017. The report using non-incomes measures of material wellbeing is also updated to 2017.

09 October 2018

In our first edition, we introduce our Community Partnerships and Programmes Group and highlight some of the projects we’re working on with our partners, and opportunities to get involved

02 October 2018

The Government is developing a new Action Plan that will provide better support for over 430,000 New Zealanders who care for friends or family because of a health condition, injury or disability.

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