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Ministry of Social Development

The Community Employment Progamme is funded by MSD and has been developed under a Central Government Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MTFJ and LGNZ. The contract is to place 1,148 people in rural provincial New Zealand into sustainable employment for 2023-24.


The National Office Industry Partnerships Team at MSD includes:


We report to MSD on a monthly basis. These reports are shared with various teams within MSD, including the MSD Industry Partnerships team, Labour Market Managers, Regional Commissioners, and local relationship contacts. These reports include information from the CRM Hubspot dashboard, financial reports, descriptive reports, and an end-of-year report.

Key Account Manager, Nicola also meets with Labour Market teams and local relationship managers on a monthly basis at the regional level to exchange insights and information.

​Find out more about reporting

Find out more about Hubspot


Find out more about the definition of an MSD outcome.


While all councils must meet basic requirements, the way they deliver and what they deliver in terms of employment support varies by location. This recognises gaps in services to support NEETs and other disadvantaged people in some rural and provincial areas and that councils are well placed to coordinate the provision of local services in conjunction with their community partners (iwi, employers, schools etc).   Examples of services include financial literacy programmess, CV and interviewing support, mobile employment hubs, and more.


To run the programme successfully, councils need to work closely with local MSD offices and have regular meetings with the local MSD relationship manager, ideally every two weeks. This alignment ensures consistent information and prioritises programme funding for aspects not covered by MSD, such as Flexi-wage, in-work support, Mana in Work, and Transition to Work.  Eligibility assessments will be made by your local MSD team.  Your local team may also have other programmes and funding, on top of those listed below, that are suitable.

Councils can also report referrals to MSD beyond their contracted numbers.


Flexi-wage provides wage subsidies and additional assistance to employers hiring individuals who do not meet entry-level job requirements. The goal is to help these individuals gain the skills and experience they need to secure and maintain unsubsidised employment.

​Find out more about Flexi-wage.


Mana in Mahi provides support for individuals who are at risk of long-term benefit dependency and who are seeking part-time or full-time work paid at least the adult minimum wage. It also includes those who are currently employed but at risk of losing their jobs and needing to retrain.

​Find out more about Mana in Mahi.


A Transition to Work Grant is available to individuals aged 18 or older who are seeking or starting paid work in New Zealand and meet specific criteria, such as being a New Zealand citizen or resident.

Find out more about the Transition to Work Grant.


Rangatahi aged between 16 and 19 can apply for assistance if they are reliant on government assistance, have dependents, face extreme hardship, or have an Early Leaving Exemption (ELE) from school.

Find out more about support for 16-19 year olds.


MyMSD is the online hub for all things related to MSD. It's where clients can manage their payments, update MSD about any changes in their circumstances, and apply for benefits and grants. MSD has set up a test environment to get familiar with how it works.

Here's how to dive in:

  • Open up the MyMSD training environment.
  • Click 'Register'.
  • Enter the client number for your test client.
  • Use the date of birth 01/01/1989.
  • Enter the code as 123456.
  • Set up your own PIN (you get to choose).

MSD has set up test client numbers for you to play around with: 210841020, 210842020, 210843020, 210844020, 210845020, 210846020, 210847020, 210848020, 210849020, and 210850020.

If you forget your PIN or need to share a client number, no worries. You can re-register with the same client number, date of birth, and verification code.  If you hit a snag at the login page, just click on the "Forgot/Change PIN" link to sort things out.

Find out more