Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability, such as visits to the doctor or hospital, medicines, extra clothing or travel.

Who can get it

You may get a Disability Allowance if you:

  • have a disability that is likely to last at least six months
  • have regular, ongoing costs because of your disability which are not fully covered by another agency
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.

It also depends on how much you and your spouse or partner earn.

The information provided in this page is a guide only. Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.

How much you can get

This depends on your circumstances.

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Are you eligible?

Check what you might get

Find out if you might get this benefit, and what other financial assistance may be available to you.

How to apply

Apply online for financial assistance

Complete your application form for financial assistance online.

If you don’t want to complete the form online you can print out and complete one of the application forms below.

If you can’t print the forms out we’ll send an application form to you or you can complete it when you come in to see us.

We can grant you the financial assistance you’re entitled to from the date you first contact us if you complete your application within 20 working days of that date.

Contact us for more information

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