How to Apply

We work to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of New Zealanders. To achieve this we recruit the best people we can. Our staff find working at MSD interesting and challenging, with lots of career development opportunities and huge personal and professional satisfaction.

We would like to welcome anyone interested in working at the Ministry to complete our application process.

This process may vary depending on the role you are applying for - so it is important to check the advertisement for instructions on how to apply. Most of our roles require you to apply online, however some advertisements will provide you with a forwarding address to submit your application. If applying online is not possible please contact the person whose name is on the advertisement for an alternative way to apply. It is essential that you complete all aspects of the application process to be considered for a position.  Incomplete or late applications may not be accepted.

Preparing your Application

• A cover letter gives you the opportunity to tell us why you want the job and highlight your key achievements relevant to the role. Keep the skills and abilities detailed in the advertising and position description in mind when you write your cover letter.
• Attaching a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is essential, so take time to write a CV that outlines your skills, experience and career history relevant to the position you are applying for.
• If you are currently employed with MSD please register online through the MY HR dashboard.  This will identify you as an internal applicant against your profile and give you access to roles marked for "internal applicants only".
• If you require any additional information regarding the application process, please contact the person whose name appears in the advertisement.

Background Checking

Background checking is also a crucial part of the recruitment and selection process, as many of our staff work directly or indirectly with some of New Zealand's most vulnerable people.

As public servants, we routinely have access to systems and information that are confidential. Similarly, we use tools and systems that enable us to manage the Ministry resources on behalf of the Crown (including Crown information and money).

Because of this it is vital that all those employed by the Ministry are honest and trustworthy so our checks can include any or all of the following:

• Criminal records checks with the Police and/or Ministry of Justice
• Identity confirmation
• Veda trace and bankruptcy check
• Internal MSD systems and benefits check
• Reference checking

Recruitment Support

We have a Recruitment team within our Human Resources function that supports the Ministry's recruitment processes. If you have any questions about our recruitment processes please e-mail the team at

Please be aware that any information you provide as part of the recruitment process will be stored in our Ministry recruitment database system against your individual user profile. This information will only be used for the purposes of the recruitment process.

This may include using your application notes for the purpose of an individual's right of review of appointment (as outlined in the State Services Act 1988).