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Applying for Social Services Accreditation

The Ministry of Social Development’s Social Services Accreditation accredits providers on behalf of: Work and Income; Ministry of Housing and Urban Development; Ministry for Youth Development, Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children; Ministry of Justice; and Department of Corrections.

Accreditation is an on-going process and we will reassess your organisation from time to time to ensure the Social Sector Accreditation Standards are being met.

Any organisation that delivers social services and meets the applicable Social Sector Accreditation Standards can apply to be accredited by Social Services Accreditation.

Social Services Accreditation will prioritise applications where an organisation is contracted or there is intent to fund by any of the above agencies. If your organisation is not contracted or there is no intent by any of the above agencies to contract with your organisation, your application may take longer for us to process.

Note: Accreditation does not guarantee funding from any government agency.

Accreditation application forms

Email the application form and supporting documentation to:

Or if you prefer to post your application, post it to:

Social Services Accreditation

PO Box 1556 Wellington


Filling in the application form

Our application forms are editable PDF documents. This means you can type directly into the form, select checkboxes and save the edited document.

We will accept forms without a handwritten signature if:

  • the person authorising the application has typed their full name in the declaration of the application form and ,
  • the application is sent an email address that is registered with the organisation.

When scanning a document please check:

  • any answers can be easily read
  • you scan setting is set to a minimum of 200dpi

If you have printed out and completed the application form by hand, it must be signed. Hand written forms can either be posted to us or scanned and emailed to us.

Application details

It is important that an organisation applying for accreditation reviews the appropriate accreditation standards to ensure that compliance can be demonstrated.

An application will need to include:

  • information about the organisation
  • relevant documentation including financial viability
  • risk management information
  • strategic and business planning information.

Please ensure all relevant fields and documents have been provided when submitting the application.

Accreditation application process

Providers are required to complete an application form, provide the required documents. Level 1-3 providers require a site visit to be conducted.

Generally a site visit is not required for a level 4 provider.

We will confirm we have received your application within 10 working days of receipt.

Your application for accreditation will then be reviewed by an Assessor to determine if your organisation meets the Social Sector Accreditation Standards.

Once it has been reviewed, we will contact you to confirm the next steps.

CVCheck process for Sole Traders

If you are a Sole Trader and applying for accreditation you can complete the CVCheck process. CVCheck gathers a range of key information (including ID verification and criminal record check) about a person and evaluates this information. CVCheck can be completed at least every 3 years as part of maintaining your accreditation.

The result of the check needs to be forwarded, by you, to MSD.

Please note that there is a cost to completing the CVCheck process which will need to be covered by the applicant.

For more information about CVCheck see the link below, or alternatively you can contact CVCheck’s service team on 0800 282 432.

CVCheck Order Instruction Options:

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