Benefits and payments homepage
Take a look at the range of benefits and payments we have available.
Redundancy, health condition or disability or another reason you can’t work
Food, school costs, power, accommodation or other living expenses you need help with
You’ve had a relationship break-up, family breakdown or violent relationship end
Health and Disability
Counselling, prescription and GP costs, medical alarms and other costs we can help with
Travelling overseas, how to apply, payment rates and dates, overseas pensions, income and other info for Seniors
Caring for someone else’s child or someone with a health condition, injury or disability
Urgent or unexpected costs
Dental, glasses, car repairs, fridge, washing machine, funeral or other urgent costs you need help with
Childcare, school uniforms, stationery, having a baby and other costs if you have children
Fixing issues with Accommodation Supplement, Special Benefit and other payments we’ve made
16-19 year olds
Education, training, work and benefit help for 16-19 year olds
Benefits and forms
A-Z list of benefits, forms, benefit rates
Find out what services we can offer to help you find work and when you start a new job.
Looking for work
We have jobs available now in various industries and you can search on our job websites.
Help with your job search
From advice on making a plan, to tips on where to look and following up leads.
Training and experience
Our programmes can help you get ready for work with training and work experience.
Job Connect on Facebook
Find out how we can help you get ready to work, find work, and support available while you're working.
CVs and cover letters
We’ve got great templates and advice for writing your CV or cover letter, and filling out job applications.
Help with work costs
Get help to pay for the things you need to start work
Job support and advice
Get all the support and advice you need to stay in work.
Health and disability
If you want to work, we can support you to find the right job for you.
Start your own business
We can help you get your business up and running.
Get advice about how to prepare for and deliver a great interview.
Help for 16-19 year olds
We’ve got extra support for young people to get ready for work and find a job.
On a benefit homepage
Check out what you need to do when you're getting a benefit or other payment from us.
Address, contact details, overseas travel, childcare, relationship or anything else that’s changed.
Declare income, wages deduction calculator and tables
Change in your childcare situation, continue childcare payments, cohort entry schools and other childcare information
Re-apply for Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support, Temporary Additional Support and more
Check or stop your payments, payment cards and other information
Check your debt, repayments and other debt information
Rights and responsibilities
Our commitment to you, obligations, complaints, benefit fraud and more
Find out how we can help you with housing.
Nowhere to stay
Get help if you have nowhere to stay right now.
Find a house
Find out where to look for private housing, or apply for public (social) housing.
Living in your home
Get help with accommodation costs, and advice on any housing issues and public housing tenancies.
Find out how we can help if you’re moving house.
Help from other organisations
There are many other organisations that can help you with health and transport costs and general wellbeing
Help with health costs
Health and Disability Support Services
This assistance includes support such as helping with bathing, meal preparation or modifications to your home so you can continue living there.
If you're the main carer for another person, you may be able to get help to take a break.
For more information contact your local District Health Board (in your phone book).
Healthline is a free, 24-hours telephone health advice service which lets you talk confidentially to a registered nurse anytime you need to.
Phone Healthline on 0800 611 116
High Use Health Card (also known as High User Card)
This card is for people who go to a health practitioner, eg a doctor, on a regular basis (a minimum of 12 times in 12 months). Please talk to your health practitioner if you think you may qualify for this card.
Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card
If you need a lot of prescriptions each year, you may qualify for a Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card.
Talk to your health practitioner, eg, your pharmacist, or visit the Ministry of Health website: www.health.govt.nz for more information.
Seniorline (information about independence or finding care)
Seniorline is a national service providing information on how to get help to stay at home and relief care for caregivers. They also have information on rest homes and private hospitals, help to find care, funding and the services that should be provided.
For more information about Seniorline visit www.adhb.govt.nz/seniorline or phone 0800 725 463.
Hearing Aid Subsidy
If you need a hearing aid/s the Ministry of Health may be able to help with this cost.
There are 2 types of assistance. Depending on your circumstances and type of hearing loss, you may be able to get help from one of these schemes.
Hearing Aid Funding Scheme
There are a number of requirements you need to meet to qualify for this and you may need to complete an income and asset test.
For more information visit www.health.govt.nz/publication/guide-getting-hearing-aids-hearing-aid-funding-scheme
Hearing Aid Subsidy Scheme
If you don't qualify to have your hearing aid paid for under the funding scheme, you may be able to get a subsidy. This isn't income or asset tested.
For more information visit www.health.govt.nz/publication/guide-getting-hearing-aids-hearing-aid-subsidy-scheme
For more information or to apply phone Enable New Zealand on 0800 362 253 (0800ENABLE) or visit Enable.co.nz
Home insulation and heater grants
If you're a low-income homeowner, you may be able to get a grant covering 90% of the cost of:
- heating (maximum grant of $3,000 including GST) for either:
- an efficient heat pump
- a wood burner, or
- a pellet burner, and
- ceiling and underfloor insulation.
For more information visit www.warmerkiwihomes.govt.nz or phone 0800 749 782