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All news from across the Ministry of Social Development.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for people affected by COVID-19, including individuals and employers.

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25 May 2020

MSD has received new funding across a range of initiatives as part of Budget 2020 and the COVID-19 Response Package.

25 May 2020

The Government has announced new support for people who’ve lost their jobs because of the impacts of COVID-19.

14 May 2020

You may have received an email asking you to complete an online survey telling us about the effect of COVID-19 on your business and how effective the Wage Subsidy has been for you.

11 May 2020

The Government is investing an additional $183 million over the next four years in MSD-funded specialist family violence services for victims/survivors and perpetrators of family violence, including elder abuse.

23 April 2020

The Benefit Fact Sheets provide a high-level view of trends and are broken down by different benefits, gender, age groups and payment types.

9 April 2020

We have just released Benefit and Supplementary Assistance Data for March 2020, and Wage Subsidy Assistance Data for 3 April 2020.

10 March 2020

Read our latest newsletter to find out what we’re working on with our partners and stakeholders to help our Kiwi families and communities to be safe, strong and independent.

28 February 2020

The Student Support update contains an A3 dashboard and a high-level overview of key information and trends on student statistics