About SSPA

Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) is a national body representing some 200 community organisations working with at-risk children and young people and with families, whānau and communities. We are a registered charity and incorporated society.

Support, influence, information

Timely analysis of law and policy changes and what they could mean for your organisation

A credible voice speaking to government and decision makers

Professional development through our best-practice workshops 

Annual Conference bringing together sector leaders and practitioners, government ministers and senior officials.

A strong advocate on matters of concern to member organisations

Access to a community of people and organisations doing similar work.


Membership is open to NGO service providers funded by government and approved under sections 396 or 403 of the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989.

Associate membership is open to any other service provider with a government contract and approved by the SSPA national executive.

What we stand for

Vision: A vibrant and strong social service sector

Mission: A hub of expertise supporting capability and performance of social service providers

Principles: Te Tiriti of Waitangi. Social justice. Best practice. Transparency and accountability. Partnership and consultation.

Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020

Moving Ahead

Summary of the SSPA Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020

Practical - We develop a service to provide members with access to expertise on operational matters.

Value - Members see real value-add in the information and resources available from SSPA.

Growth - We increase the number of members and the diversity of membership.

Funding - SSPA has diverse and sustainable funding.

Current documents

Annual Reports

Social Service Providers Aotearoa. Annual Report. 2016 - 2017

Social Service Providers Aotearoa. Annual Report. 2015 – 2016

Social Service Providers Aotearoa. Annual Report. 2014 – 2015

Financial Statements

Social Service Providers Aotearoa. Financial Statements for year ending June 2017

Social Service Providers Aotearoa. Financial Statements for year ending June 2016

Social Service Providers Aotearoa. Financial Statements for year ending June 2015

Rules and Policy

Social Service Providers Aotearoa. Rules (as amended September 2017)

Social Service Providers Aotearoa. Complaints Policy (amended February 2017)






Join Us

Join us and get the benefits

Kia Mauri Ora: Social Service Excellence in Aotearoa - the SSPA magazine for all who work in social services

Workshops and seminars - SSPA's professional development programme

SSPA Conference - bringing the sector together

SSPA submissions to parliament

The social service workforce - an SSPA-led project