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Work and Income (WINZ) - Southern

Social Service



Work and Income is a service of the Ministry of Social Development. We have 11 regional offices, many service centres nationwide and a number of business units providing specialised services.


The services we offer include: 

Helping people into work

  • Workshops and practical advice for getting work.
  • Training, seminars or work experience to build up confidence and skills.
  • Grants and subsidies to encourage employers to provide work.
  • Income support to help people get into, and stay in, work.
  • Practical support for people with the right experience to start a business.

Supporting employers

One of the ways we help people find work is to support employers who provide work for our clients. If you’re an employer our services include:

  • your own Work Broker to help you find the right people
  • training and seminars to help our clients get up to speed quickly
  • wage subsidies to help with the costs of providing work.

Providing income support

  • Benefits for people unable to support themselves.
  • Allowances for people on low-to-middle incomes.
  • Superannuation for people who are aged 65 years or more.
  • Pensions for ex-service people.
  • Loans and allowances for students.

There is also a Community Services Card to help with medical costs – and other payments to help out if you have an immediate need for an essential item or service.

Other things we do

We are here to help people get the financial assistance they’re entitled to. We also work hard to prevent benefit fraud and to recover debts – so that we can support the people who need it most.

We’ll do our best to support you in any way we can – for instance, if you need an interpreter, or need us to visit you at home because of mobility problems, or you would like a meeting room when you meet with us.

If you’d like to know more about how we can help please contact us


18+ years old, Older adult

How do I access this service?

Make an appointment


Please call us through the contact centre. 


Mon – Tue 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wed 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu – Fri 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Service Types

Abuse and violence

  • Family violence intervention
  • Information & support
  • Referral to specialist services

Basic needs

  • Emergency accommodation
  • Food
  • Housing

Education and training

  • Life skills


Social work

Supporting financial independence

Income support

We provide income support in the following ways: 

  • Benefits for people unable to support themselves
  • Allowances for people on low-to-middle incomes
  • Superannuation for people who are aged 65 years or…


We provide a free service. 

Languages Spoken


Wheelchair Access



Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki

Contact Details

57 Tarbert Street, Alexandra

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Cnr George St and Charlotte St, Balclutha

Dunedin - South Otago

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127 hillside Road, Dunedin

Dunedin - South Otago

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24 Traford Street, Gore


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33 Gala Street, Invercargill


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22 Factory Road, Mosgiel

Dunedin - South Otago

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23 Coquet Street, Oamaru


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Remarkables Park Shopping Centre

Central Lakes

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14 Strathallan Street, Timaru

South Canterbury

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This page was last updated at 2:30PM on December 19, 2018.