Apply for the third COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 payment

Apply between 17 and 30 September 2021 for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 #3 using our online application form.

Applications are open from 9am, Friday 17 September 2021 and will close at 11.59pm, Thursday 30 September 2021. Applications for the second COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 (open from 3 to 16 September 2021) have now closed.

Important information

When to apply:

If you applied for the second Wage Subsidy #2, you must wait two weeks before you can apply for the new Wage Subsidy #3, even if you haven't been paid. If you apply before this your application will be declined.

If you applied and were eligible for the Wage Subsidy #2, we'll email you to tell you when you can apply for the new Wage Subsidy #3.

You can apply for the Wage Subsidy August 2021 #3 even if you didn’t apply for any of the earlier wage subsidies.

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.

  • Not sure which form to use

    If you:

    • have 80 or more employees - use the large employer application
    • are a sole trader receiving regular salary/wages from your business with PAYE deducted - use the employer application
    • are a sole trader receiving only profits from the business at the year-end (no regular salary/wages) - use the self-employed application
    • are a shareholder of a company receiving regular salary/wages with PAYE deducted - include your name as an employee in the company’s employer application
    • are a shareholder of a company getting only an annual shareholder salary (no regular salary/wages) - use the self-employed application, enter your personal name and IRD number as the applicant and provide the details for the business you receive an income from
    • are a director of a company only (not a shareholder) you can get the subsidy if you’re getting regular salary/wages with PAYE deducted from the company - include your name as an employee in the company’s employer application
    • are a partner in a partnership that takes regular salary/wages with PAYE deducted - include your name as an employee in the partnership’s employer application
    • are a partner in a partnership that only gets a share of partnership income at the end of the year when accounts are prepared - use the self-employed application, enter your personal name and IRD number as the applicant and provide the details for the business you receive an income from
    • are a trustee of a trust, you’ll only be able to get the wage subsidy if you’re getting regular salary/wages with PAYE deducted from the trust - include your name as an employee in the trust’s employer application
    • are a charity, club or society, you will be able to get the wage subsidy for people paid regular salary/wages with PAYE deducted - use the employer application.

The information on this page is a summary of the eligibility criteria and obligations set out in the declaration for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 #3.

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