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Work programmes

Our research and experience has led us to identify deliverables that we consider will make the most significant contribution to our outcomes and to the Government's priorities. These deliverables are detailed in the work programmes and initiatives which the Ministry undertakes.


Current programmes

Strengthening our service culture

We want people to feel welcome and have a positive experience every time they come to us for help. We’ve been working with our clients, staff and community groups to hear what’s important to them, and we’re making some changes to how we do things.

Community programmes

We partner with a range of key organisations, sectors and industries to ensure that programmes, services and products are available to support New Zealanders. We are focused on preventing and reducing vulnerability and harm for individuals, families and whānau, and communities.


Public housing and support services

MSD works with the housing sector to deliver more housing and support services for New Zealanders in need.


Claims of abuse or neglect while in state care

If you believe you have been badly treated or neglected while in the care of the Child Welfare Division, the Department of Social Welfare, or Child, Youth and Family, the Ministry of Social Development wants to work with you to see if we can help.


Family Violence and Sexual Violence Work Programme

New Zealand has amongst the highest reported rates of family violence and sexual violence in the developed world. A cross-government work programme is putting in place a wide range of initiatives to stop violence from occurring, reduce the harm it causes, and break the cycle of re-victimisation and re-offending.


The Social Security Act 1964 Rewrite

The Government has asked the Ministry to look at how we can rewrite the Act so it’s easier to understand and reflects a modern approach to delivering assistance to New Zealand families. A rewrite would provide greater clarity and coherence, ensure greater consistency and modernise language so that existing policies are more understandable.

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Our programmes

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