We are here to help if you need it. If you're struggling to support yourself or your family, please contact us. We can often help. It is better to contact us before you apply for assistance. That way we can learn about your circumstances and talk to you about the types of assistance you might get.
The $3K to Christchurch initiative is aimed at connecting clients nationwide to jobs in the Christchurch area.
Accommodation Supplement is a weekly payment which helps people with their rent, board or the cost of owning a home.
If you are getting a benefit and have an immediate need for something essential you may be able to get an advance payment of your benefit. We generally pay the supplier for the goods or services you need (eg appliances, furniture, bedding, rent or school uniforms). You’ll need to pay us back but may be able to do this in instalments.
Assistance to transition into employment (before 1 July 2014 called Transition to Work Grant) helps people with the costs of moving into a job.
Away from Home Allowance is a weekly payment which helps carers with the living costs for 16 or 17 year olds who are living away from home while on a tertiary or training course. We pay the allowance to the carer of the young person.
Business Training and Advice Grant helps people getting government assistance who want to start up their own business. It helps towards the cost of training and advice you need to start a business. You could also use it if you need the services of a business adviser
Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment made to the main carer of a child or young person with a serious disability. It is paid in recognition of the extra care and attention needed for that child.
Childcare Subsidy is a payment that helps families with the cost of pre-school childcare.
A Civil Defence payment helps people, who have been evacuated due to a civil defence emergency, with costs for accommodation, food, bedding, clothing and loss of income.
Civilian Amputee Assistance helps amputees, or those born without a limb(s), with some of their costs when they need to go to an Artificial Limb Centre.
Community Costs is a weekly payment which helps people in a short-term residential treatment programme meet their essential ongoing costs in the community.
The Community Services Card can help you and your family with the costs of health care. You'll pay less on some health services and prescriptions.
This assistance was replaced by education and employment-related training on 1 July 2014.
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.
This benefit stopped on 14 July 2013 with people who were getting this benefit transferring to either Sole Parent Support or Jobseeker Support depending on the age of their youngest child.
Domestic Purposes Benefit - Care of Sick or Infirm was replaced by Supported Living Payment on 15 July 2013.
Domestic Purposes Benefit - Women Alone was replaced by Jobseeker Support on 15 July 2013.
If you are a parent or caregiver who provided full time care and attention at home for a high needs dependent child (who would have otherwise required hospital care) you may be eligible for retrospective (backdated) payments.
This assistance was replaced by Sole Parent Support Study Assistance on 15 July 2013.
The Early Learning Payment helps pay the costs of Early Childhood Education for children aged 18 months to three years who are from families enrolled in selected Family Start or Early Start Programmes. If you are enrolled in Family Start or Early Start you will be assigned a family/whänau worker who will contact Work and Income for you.
Emergency Benefit is assistance that may be paid to people who cannot support themselves and who do not qualify for any other payments. Please contact us for more information.
Emergency Maintenance Allowance is assistance that may be paid to sole parents who do not qualify for any other payments. Please contact us for more information.
Employment Transition Grant is a weekly payment which helps some people who have completed a Supported Living Payment Employment Trial.
The Establishment Grant is a one-off payment to carers of someone else's child to help with the costs when a child first comes into their care, such as a bed, bedding and clothing.
Flexi-Wage helps people getting government assistance who want to start up their own business.
A Funeral Grant can help with some of the funeral costs of someone close to you who has died.
If you are under 19 and have a child under five, and are in full-time education, training or work-based learning, you may be able to get the Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment (GCAP) to assist with the cost of childcare
If you're a parent or carer we may be able to help you with the cost of home help to complete household tasks or training in parenting skills.
Invalid’s Benefit was replaced by Supported Living Payment on 15 July 2013.
Jobseeker Support helps people find work and provides them with a weekly payment.
Live Organ Donor Assistance is a payment which helps people who are donating a kidney or liver tissue for transplant within New Zealand with loss of income and/or childcare costs. It does not provide full compensation for loss of income.
Modification Grant is a payment which helps people with disabilities pay for workplace changes or equipment that makes it easier for them to stay in or get work.
The New Employment Transition Grant is a payment which helps people who are no longer on a benefit and who can't work because of sickness or a breakdown in childcare arrangements.
New Zealand Superannuation is a fortnightly payment for people aged 65 and over. We’ll automatically send you a SuperGold card when your New Zealand Superannuation is granted.
Orphan’s Benefit is a weekly payment which helps carers supporting a child or young person whose parents have died or can't be found, or can’t look after them because they have a long-term illness or incapacity.
Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy is a payment which helps families with the costs of before- and after-school programmes, and school holiday programmes. It helps with the costs of before- and after-school programmes for up to 20 hours a week, and school holiday programmes of up to 50 hours a week.
The Special Needs Grant - Re-establishment grant is a payment to help people in specific circumstances re-establish themselves in the community.
Recoverable Assistance is a payment which helps people pay for something they need urgently when they have no other way of paying for it. This grant is generally paid for items such as appliances, school uniforms or rent arrears. Recoverable Assistance has to be paid back but may be paid back in instalments.
Many people going into residential care want to keep their home. Rather than selling your home to pay for your care, we may be able to help you with a Residential Care Loan. This is an interest free loan paid to the hospital or rest home and is usually repaid when your home is sold.
If you need long-term residential care in a hospital or rest home, you may be able to get a Residential Care Subsidy from the Ministry of Health. This subsidy helps with the cost of this care. The subsidy is paid directly to the hospital or rest home by the Ministry of Health.
The School and Year Start-up Payment is available to people who are caring for someone else's child and helps with the costs that mostly happen at the beginning of the year, in particular pre-school and school-related costs such as clothing, school fees and stationery.
Assistance for seasonal workers who are no longer getting a benefit and have lost wages because of work missed due to bad weather.
Sickness Benefit was replaced by Jobseeker Support on 15 July 2013.
Social Rehabilitation Assistance is a payment which helps people who are in a residential social rehabilitation programme and their benefit isn't enough to meet the fees. Payments are made directly to the programme provider.
Sole Parent Support helps single parents and caregivers of dependent children get ready for future work, supports them to find part-time work and provides financial help through a weekly payment.
Extra recoverable assistance is available for clients who are receiving Sole Parent Support and who are undertaking study at level 4 or above.
Special Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have a spouse or partner who is in a hospital or rest home (for at least 13 weeks) or who is getting a Residential Care Subsidy. It is paid to the spouse or partner who is not in care to help with the extra costs of having their spouse or partner in care.
A Special Needs Grant is a payment to help people in certain circumstances pay for something when they have no other way of paying for it. You don't usually have to pay them back either.
A Special Needs Grant is available to help with the additional costs of accessing subsidised long-acting reversible contraception (including removal)
The Special Needs Grant International Custody Dispute Payment is a weekly payment for parents with limited financial support who are involved in an international custody or access dispute over the care of their children.
Supported Living Payment is assistance for people who have, or are caring for someone with a health condition, injury or disability.
Temporary Additional Support is a weekly payment which helps someone who can’t meet their essential living costs from what they earn or from other sources.
This assistance is an approved programme provided for under clause 3 of the Employment and Work Readiness Assistance Programme schedule.
This assistance was replaced by assistance to transition into employment on 1 July 2014.
Unemployment Benefit was replaced by Jobseeker Support on 15 July 2013.
Unsupported Child’s Benefit is a weekly payment which helps carers supporting a child or young person whose parents can't care for them because of a family breakdown.
Veteran’s Pension is a fortnightly payment for veterans who have served in a war or other emergency, and have a disability. When you get Veteran’s Pension you will automatically be issued with a Veteran SuperGold card.
This benefit stopped on 14 July 2013 with people who were getting this benefit transferring to either Sole Parent Support or Jobseeker Support depending on whether they had children and the age of their youngest child.
Working for Families is a package designed to make it easier to work and raise a family.
Young Parent Payment is a weekly payment which helps young parents aged 16-18 year olds
Youth Payment is a weekly payment which helps young people aged 16 or 17 who can't live with their parents or guardian and aren't supported by them or anyone else