Disability Allowance – allowable costs
Information for practitioners about costs that can be included in a Disability Allowance
About the Disability Allowance
The Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people of all ages who have a disability or ongoing health condition and need help with the additional costs directly associated with that condition.
It’s available to people who qualify for a Community Services Card, including those on a benefit or people who are working. There is an income test. An application can also be made on behalf of a child if they’re aged 18 years or under and financially dependent on the person who’s making the application.
To qualify for Disability Allowance the person must:
- have a disability or health condition that is likely to last at least six months
- have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability which aren’t fully covered by another agency
- be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
- meet the income test.