How to apply for COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

Apply for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme using our online application form.


The Leave Support Scheme is for businesses with employees who’ve been told to self-isolate and can’t work from home. Self-employed people can also apply.

Read the full details of who can get the Leave Support Scheme.

We also have the Short-Term Absence Payment available to employers to help pay employees who are waiting on a COVID test result or have been told to stay at home. If you're not sure which COVID-19 payment to apply for, use our online tool to check:

Fill out the online form

The online form you fill out depends on whether you have people working for you or not. If you are applying for more than one person (including yourself) use the employer form.

You must be in New Zealand, or Australia, when you make the application.

State sector organisations

A state sector organisation can ask for an exception to become eligible to apply for the Leave Support Scheme. State sector organisations should contact their monitoring agency if they wish to discuss this.

If you've made a mistake on your application

You can call us on 0800 40 80 40 and we'll fix it for you.

You don't need to submit another application.

The information on this page is a summary of the eligibility criteria and obligations set out in the declaration for COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme.

It does not replace the terms of the declaration and if there are any differences between this page and the declaration, the declaration prevails.