MSD’s purpose is that “ We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent. Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whānau.”

We have two grad programmes;
1. Our IT and Technology Programme
2. Social Policy Programme

About the Ministry

The Ministry of Social Development is the lead agency for the social sector.  We help the Government to set priorities across the sector, co-ordinate the actions of other social sector agencies and track changes in the social wellbeing of New Zealanders.  

The Ministry provides policy advice, and delivers social services and assistance to children and young people, working age people, older people, and families, whänau and communities. We work directly with New Zealanders of all ages to improve their social wellbeing.

We serve over a million people, working out of more than 250 centres around the country. It is likely that every New Zealander will come into contact with the Ministry at some point in their life.

What does the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) do?

We support over 1.2million New Zealanders, managing payments and services that represent approximately 10% of New Zealand’s GDP.  We help New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent.

We provide

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

Ministry of Social Development (MSD)


High School

Research careers and companies

First year of tertiary study

Attend careers and employer events

Second to last year of tertiary study

Apply for internships and research graduate jobs

Last year of tertiary study

Apply for graduate jobs and programmes or consider post-graduate study

Offers jobs to students studying

Business and Commerce

Arts and Humanities