The welfare system has incrementally evolved since its establishment in 1938. It is a large and complex system that touches the lives of many New Zealanders.
Today we experience pervasive and persistent inequities across a number of areas, and there is growing concern for the marginalisation of different groups throughout our communities, including high rates of children in poverty an increase in homelessness and increase in people with complex needs.
It is now time to evaluate the system to ensure it is meeting the needs of New Zealanders.
We will be providing advice to the Government on priority areas for reform. This will range from the overall purpose and principles of the welfare system, through to specific recommendations on areas including obligations and sanctions, eligibility, health and disabilities, Working for Families and ensuring everyone receives all that they are eligible for.