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Notice of changes to Social Security Act welfare programmes and/or Ministerial directions

We publish notices of changes, and the document setting out the changes, to make sure changes to legislation are open, transparent and publicly available.

Consolidated versions of welfare programmes and Ministerial directions are available on Map.

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29 June 2022

This instrument, which comes into effect on 5 August 2022, amends the Employment and Work Readiness Assistance Programme.

29 June 2022

This instrument, which comes into force on 4 and 5 August 2022, makes various changes to the programme. 

1 June 2022

This instrument, which comes into force on 1 July 2022, permanently adjusts appropriate income thresholds in relation to the to the Advance Payments of Instalments of Benefit, the Recoverable Assistance Programme and Special Needs Grants Programme under the Social Security Act 2018.

1 May 2022

This instrument, which comes into force on 3 June 2022, amends the Christchurch Mosques Attack Welfare Programme (principal programme) established and approved on 27 May 2019 and made under the Social Security Act 2018. The amendment extends the expiry date of the principal programme to 30 June 2023.

7 March 2022

This instrument, which comes into force on 1 April 2022, as part of the Annual General Adjustment, amends the Ministerial directions and welfare programmes under the Social Security Act 2018.

6 December 2021

This instrument, which comes into force on 10 December 2021, amends the Special Needs Grants Programme established and approved on 18 December 1998. This instrument extends eligibility for re-establishment grants to Afghan evacuees who hold a residence class visa, are New Zealand citizens, or hold an Afghan emergency resettlement visa. It also extends eligibility to Applicants that have applied for an Afghan emergency resettlement visa. This instrument also makes a minor technical amendment to the wording of clause 4.

25 October 2021

This instrument, which comes into force on 1 November 2021, amends the Direction on Advance Payments of Instalments of Benefit, the Recoverable Assistance Programme and the Special Needs Grants Programme to change the income limits for assistance.

18 October 2021

This instrument, which comes into force on 26 October 2021, amends the definition of seasonal work in the Interpretation clause to include viticulture, for the avoidance of doubt. This instrument also amends clause 6 to incorporate the revised definition of seasonal worker in the eligibility criteria.

18 October 2021

This instrument, which comes into force on 26 October 2021, amends the Employment and Work Readiness Assistance Programme.

2 August 2021

This instrument, which comes into force on 2 August 2021, gives approval for payments under Part 6 of the programme to farmers affected by drought or flood or by both drought and flood in the territories of the following local authorities.

25 July 2021

This instrument, which comes into force immediately after it is signed, is the Benefit Rate Increase (Transitional Assistance) Amendment (No 2) 2021 and is made under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018. This instrument amends the principal programme so that the fact of a sole parent-student applicant being absent from New Zealand does not of itself prevent them from receiving, or continuing to receive, transitional assistance under the principal programme as long as they are otherwise eligible and entitled to receive sole parent accommodation benefit.

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