We're improving the StudyLink website

03 October 2016.

The StudyLink website is being redesigned with a new look and feel that aligns it with the Work and Income website. This ensures a consistent user experience across Ministry of Social Development service delivery lines.

We’ve completed user testing with students, which involved testing new content with them and making changes based on their feedback.

The website will be launched on 20 October. It will:

  • have a clean, fresh look to make it easier to use
  • outline what help is available and what people need to do
  • use plain English
  • be easier to search and find information
  • work on mobile, tablet or any other device (at least 75% of people use mobiles or tablets).

If you’ve bookmarked any pages, or linked to any pages from your website, they’ll still go to the right place. We do however recommend that you access our new site from the homepage and delete any bookmarked links you’ve saved.


As part of the website redesign, the online Sussed tool was reviewed and will be removed when the new website is launched. Since Sussed was first designed in 2011, mobile device usage has increased significantly and its current format is inaccessible on these devices.

The information and messaging in the tool is still invaluable in helping students to make informed decisions about tertiary studies. Therefore the information and messaging will be incorporated into the new website content, making it part of the user journey.

Try it for yourself

Once the website goes live we’ll be continually reviewing the content based on feedback we receive. So go and have a look once it’s up and running and encourage the people you work with to give it a go too.