COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 applications open

18 August 2021.

Updated 9am, 20 August 2021

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy 2021 is now available to businesses impacted by New Zealand moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 on 17 August 2021.

It's available to all New Zealand businesses and self-employed people that meet eligibility criteria.


Applications are now open, and will stay open for two weeks, closing at 11.59pm on 2 September 2021. Go to the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 information.

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 is a payment for employers to keep paying staff and protect jobs. Last year the Government committed to the Wage Subsidy being available when there is a regional or national move to Alert Levels 3 or 4 for a week or more.