COVID-19 support for business

19 February 2021.

Business support available now with Auckland at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 2.

Two COVID-19 support payments are currently available to businesses impacted by the latest cases of COVID-19 community transmission in Auckland, and the change in Alert Levels.

  • The Short-Term Absence Payment is for when a worker is staying home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result and can’t work from home.
  • The Leave Support Scheme is for when a worker has been told to self-isolate because they have COVID-19, or meet other health criteria.

Resurgence Support Payment

The Government has activated a Resurgence Support Payment, available from Inland Revenue. It's for businesses whose revenue has reduced because of a COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or higher. Applications can be made in myIR from Tuesday 23 February 2021.

Find out more on the Inland Revenue website.

Short-Term Absence Payment

The Short-Term Absence Payment covers eligible workers, including self-employed people, needing to stay home while waiting on a COVID-19 test result and who can’t work from home. This is a one-off payment of $350 to employers, to pay workers who need to stay home while awaiting a test result for themselves or a dependent, in accordance with public health advice.

Find out more about the Short-Term Absence Payment

Leave Support Scheme

The Leave Support Scheme helps businesses to help pay workers, including the self-employed, who meet certain health criteria, eg they have COVID-19. They will have been told to self-isolate and can’t work from home. It’s paid as a lump sum and covers two weeks per eligible employee at the rates of $585.80 for each employee working 20 hours or more a week and $350 for each employee working less than 20 hours a week.

Find out more about the Leave Support Scheme