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Ministerial portfolio

Social Development and Employment

Minister for Social Development and Employment
Current Minister:
Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Associate Minister:
Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment
Current Associate Minister:
Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan

Responsibilities include oversight of New Zealand's social welfare system, the implementation of the government's employment policies and programmes, including labour market modelling, analysis of labour market trends, NEET initiatives (Not in Employment, Education or Training), and the Mana in Mahi - Strength in Work Programme.  Also responsible for the Children's Commissioner.


Ministry of Social Development

Social Wellbeing Agency

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Crown entities: 

Families Commission

New Zealand Artificial Limb Board

Social Workers Registration Board

Children's Commissioner


Other organisations: 

Social Security Appeal Authority

Student Allowance Appeals Authority

Social Workers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal


Vote Social Development

Vote Labour Market


Ministry of Social Development

Department of Social Welfare Act 1971

Children's Commissioner Act 2003

Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975, Parts I, III and IV

Education Act 1989, Part XXV (Student Allowances)

Employment Services and Income Support (Integrated Administration) Act 1998

Families Commission Act 2003

Family Benefits (Home Ownership) Act 1964

New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006

New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001 (Part 1 and Schedule 1)

Social Security Act 1964

Social Welfare (Reciprocity Agreements, and New Zealand Artificial Limb Service) Act 1990

Social Workers Registration Act 2003

Student Loan Scheme Act 2011


Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Disabled Persons Employment Promotion Repeal Act 2007

Last updated: 
Friday, 6 November 2020

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