COVID-19 support for business

03 March 2021.

Business support is available now with Auckland at COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1.

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy March 2021

The Wage Subsidy March 2021 is a payment to support self-employed people and employers, to continue to pay employees and protect jobs for businesses affected by the rise in alert levels.

Applications are now open and payments will start from Monday 8 March 2021.

Resurgence Support Payment

Inland Revenue’s Resurgence Support Payment is available now. It’s in addition to the other payments listed here.

It's to help businesses whose revenue has reduced because of a COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or higher. Applications can be made in myIR .

Find out more on the Inland Revenue website.

Other support available now if your employees are directly affected

Two COVID-19 support payments are available now to businesses so they can keep paying staff who are directly affected, so they can remain at home as they are required to by public health guidelines.

Short-Term Absence Payment

The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their workers who cannot work from home while they wait at home for a COVID-19 test result. This is a one-off payment of $350. Businesses can apply for the Short-Term Absence Payment if they’ve been advised that their worker, or a self-employed person, is:

  • staying home while waiting for their COVID-19 test result, in accordance with public health guidance, or are;
  • the parent or caregiver of a dependant who is staying home while waiting for their COVID-19 test results, in accordance with public health guidance, and the dependant needs support to do so safely, or are;
  • a household member or secondary contact (as described in public health guidance) of someone who is a close contact of a person with COVID-19, and the worker has been advised to stay at home while waiting for the close contact’s test results.

Find out more about the Short-Term Absence Payment

Leave Support Scheme

The Leave Support Scheme is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their workers who can’t work from home and meet certain health criteria, eg they have COVID-19 or are a defined by Ministry of Health as a ‘close contact’ who has been told to self-isolate for 14 days.

The Leave Support Scheme is paid as a 2-week lump sum per eligible employee.

The Leave Support Scheme is paid at a flat rate of:

  • $585.80 a week for full-time workers who were working 20 hours or more a week
  • $350 a week for part-time workers who were working less than 20 hours a week.

Find out more about the Leave Support Scheme