Find out what services we can offer to help you find work and when you start a new job.
Looking for work
We have jobs available now in various industries and you can search on our job websites.
Help with your job search
From advice on making a plan, to tips on where to look and following up leads.
Training and experience
Our programmes can help you get ready for work with training and work experience.
Job Connect on Facebook
Find out how we can help you get ready to work, find work, and support available while you're working.
CVs and cover letters
We’ve got great templates and advice for writing your CV or cover letter, and filling out job applications.
Help with work costs
Get help to pay for the things you need to start work
Job support and advice
Get all the support and advice you need to stay in work.
Health and disability
If you want to work, we can support you to find the right job for you.
Start your own business
We can help you get your business up and running.
Get advice about how to prepare for and deliver a great interview.
Help for 16-19 year olds
We’ve got extra support for young people to get ready for work and find a job.
Take a look at the range of benefits and payments we have available.
Redundancy, health condition or disability or another reason you can’t work
Food, school costs, power, accommodation or other living expenses you need help with
You’ve had a relationship break-up, family breakdown or violent relationship end
Health and Disability
Counselling, prescription and GP costs, medical alarms and other costs we can help with
Travelling overseas, how to apply, payment rates and dates, overseas pensions, income and other info for Seniors
Caring for someone else’s child or someone with a health condition, injury or disability
Urgent or unexpected costs
Dental, glasses, car repairs, fridge, washing machine, funeral or other urgent costs you need help with
Childcare, school uniforms, stationery, having a baby and other costs if you have children
Moving to New Zealand
Payments you can get from us, settling into NZ, overseas pensions and more.
Benefits and forms
A-Z list of benefits, forms, benefit rates
Check out what you need to do when you're getting a benefit or other payment from us.
Address, contact details, overseas travel, childcare, relationship or anything else that’s changed.
Declare income and income deduction tables
Change in your childcare situation, continue childcare payments, cohort entry schools and other childcare information
Going on holiday or going to live overseas
Re-apply for Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support, Temporary Additional Support and more
Check or stop your payments, payment cards and other information
Check your debt, repayments and other debt information
Rights and responsibilities
Our commitment to you, obligations, complaints, benefit fraud and more
Find out how we can help you with housing.
Nowhere to stay
Get help if you have nowhere to stay right now.
Find a house
Find out where to look for private housing, or apply for public (social) housing.
Living in your home
Get help with accommodation costs, and advice on any housing issues and public housing tenancies.
Find out how we can help if you’re moving house.
Read some of our housing information in other languages.
If you're worried you might lose your job, we can talk to your employer about job options for you. If you know you're going to lose your job, we'll help you get a new one and financially support you between jobs.
Contact us early so we can help you right away, even if no decisions have been made yet.
We'll do our best to help you keep your current job. If that's not possible, we'll help you get a new job as soon as possible.
Not sure if you'll lose your job
We may be able to help you and your employer to avoid making your job redundant. Talk to us as early as possible, even if you're not sure if you'll lose your job.
Email us with your name, contact details and a brief description of your situation at RedeploymentSupport@msd.govt.nz
We'll talk about your situation right now, and how we can help.
We can do things like:
- check how we can help your employer so they can keep your job going
- help you upskill to a new job in the same business
- figure out what your options are and talk through these with you
- find training options that can help you do your job.
Lost your job
Losing your job can make it hard to feel secure or confident about your future. We can give you a tailored service to help you and your whānau before and after you've lost your job, to give you back your confidence and security.
You'll work with one of our team who will:
- get to know you
- keep in touch regularly
- look for jobs or training opportunities for you
- connect you to employers
- organise interviews
- help you update your CV and cover letter
- organise any financial support you need while you're between jobs.
To get this help from us, contact us by emailing RedeploymentSupport@msd.govt.nz
Find a new job
As well as help from our team, we can also help you in other ways to find work.
Where to look for a new job
We have loads of jobs available throughout New Zealand, no matter what stage you're at in your career. Check out our Kimi Mahi Mai - Find a Job website to see what's available now:
You can also find other places to look for jobs here:
Help applying for jobs
Things to help you prepare and apply for a new job:
Feeling anxious about looking for new jobs
Being made redundant can cause a lot of anxiety and make looking for a new a job hard. These services can make life easier and give you confidence:
Starting a new job
You can apply for a Transition to Work Grant. This is to pay for things you need to find or start a job, such as clothes, travel, living expenses until your first pay and other things.
Financial support between jobs
If you need money to help with expenses, you may be able to get a benefit from us. For example:
- Jobseeker Support, if you're looking for work or can't work right now
- Sole Parent Support, if you're a single parent looking for part-time work or getting ready for future work
- Supported Living Payment, if you have a significant health condition, injury or disability which means suitable work is unlikely within the next 2 years.
You may also be able to get payments such as:
Use our 'Check what you might get' tool to find out what benefits and payments you qualify for: