All you need to know about MSD in New Zealand:
Whether you’re looking for work or are in need of financial assistance, the Ministry of Social Development or MSD in New Zealand is here to help you out.
MSD through MyMSD is a government initiative where Kiwis can apply for financial aid for the following:
For your student needs and requirements, you can visit our previous article about student allowance here.
Some of you might already be under the assistance of Work and Income NZ or WINZ for school, graduate studies, clothing allowance, and other of your living expenses. MSD also provides these services through numerous business groups and agencies, including WINZ.
First, you need to register for MyMSD using your mobile number or email address. Once you’re verified, MyMSD login should allow you to manage your profile, check payments and make changes regarding your information. You will also receive a 9-digit client number, which is your reference code every time you need to re-apply, renew, or access your account in my.msd.govt.nz.
Here are the following benefits you can get when you’re registered with MyMSD:
With the help of MSD, you can still support dependents even if you’re out of work, looking for a job, or in part-time employment. You can apply for MSD benefits through WINZ provided that you meet certain requirements:
When you’re application has been approved, you can get a weekly payment which amount will be based on your circumstances and the amount of your partner’s salary if any.
There’s another way to support your children’s schooling, allowance, and pay for home expenses through WINZ while looking for work at the same time. You can apply for this type of benefit when you meet these requirements:
You’re at least 20 years old.
In some cases, you might not have enough financial resources to support your medications or care for someone with a severe health condition. By applying through WINZ, you can get weekly payments to aid you with your medical expenses. You can be approved for this benefit when you are:
Those who are not qualified to get a Solo Parent Payment from WINZ can get weekly compensation by applying for a Young Parent Payment. You should be at least 16 to 19 years old and meet the following:
For instances where you’re in a de facto relationship at 16 or 17 years old, you need to acquire consent from a Family Court judge for you to be approved for Young Parent Payment.
For those who are not qualified for any of the benefits enumerated, they can apply for an emergency benefit through MyMSD and talk to one of their agents. This may include single parents supporting children who have disabilities, illness and other sicknesses.
All of these benefits should be renewed yearly through MyMSD in order to determine whether you’re given the right support for your current circumstances.
You can find other inclusions in MSD’s Statement of Intent 2018-2022.
In addition to these benefits, you can also apply for food grants through MyMSD if you’re a solo parent, disabled, sick, elderly or currently out of work. You can also use your Green Card to purchase food. Here's how:
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