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.
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
Moving to New Zealand
Payments you can get from us, settling into NZ, overseas pensions and more.
Benefits and forms
A-Z list of benefits, forms, benefit rates
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 and income deduction tables
Change in your childcare situation, continue childcare payments, cohort entry schools and other childcare information
Going on holiday or going to live overseas
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.
Read some of our housing information in other languages.
If you need help to pay rent or other accommodation costs, or support to stay in your home, we may be able to help.
If you need help to pay your on-going costs of rent, board or the costs of owning a home, you may be able to get an Accommodation Supplement. You don't have to be on a benefit to get this payment.
If you live in public housing, you won't qualify for this payment.
If you're worried you'll lose your housing because you owe rent, you may be able to get a Rent Arrears Grant.
You need to talk to your landlord first to see if you can make a payment arrangement with them. If this is not possible, see if you qualify for a Rent Arrears Grant.
Spending rent money on other bills
If you've had to spend your rent money on other bills, like food or power, we may be able to help with these bills. This is so you can still pay your rent.
If you're renting, it's the landlord’s responsibility to repair and maintain the house. So, if something breaks down or goes wrong, tell the landlord straight away.
If you live in public housing, you can request maintenance and view maintenance jobs through MyKāingaOra. This is an online way for public housing tenants to check their accounts, rent balances, maintenance requests and much more.
Own your own home
If you're on a benefit and own your own home and need money for essential repairs or maintenance, we may be able to help.
Help with heating costs
We may be able to help you with the costs of:
- an urgent power, gas, or water bill
Extra heating if you have a disability
If you have extra power, gas or heating costs because of your disability or health condition, we may be able to help you pay this as part of a Disability Allowance.
If your landlord charges you costs to end your tenancy early, or to sublet or assign your tenancy to someone else, we may be able to help.
Your landlord must give you an itemised account of the actual costs, e.g:
- cost of advertising
- credit checks, or
- money to cover rent while another tenant is found.
We need to see this account.
If you're not on a benefit
You may be able to get a Recoverable Assistance Payment up to $200, or more in exceptional circumstances. You'll need to pay it back.
If you're on a benefit
You may be able to get an Advance Payment of Benefit up to $200, or more in some circumstances. You'll need to pay it back.
From 4 September 2023, the Temporary Accommodation Assistance will be available. It's to help some homeowners who can't live in their home due to the North Island weather events. Their insurance cover for rental accommodation also needs to be ending soon.
A rates rebate is a partial rebate for eligible, low-income ratepayers who pay rates on their home to the council. You need to apply to your local council for the rebate.
You'll need to provide proof of your income to your local council. If you're getting a benefit or payment from us, call us and ask for a rates rebate income statement.
If you need to make changes to your home because you or your child has a disability, you may be able to get House Modification Funding.
Parent or carer
If you're a parent or carer we may be able to help you with the cost of home help to complete household tasks or training in parenting skills.
Injury covered by ACC
If you've had an injury that ACC cover and you need help at home afterwards, ACC may be able to help.
If you’re getting older, you may be finding it harder to cope on your own. There are support services that help you to stay in your home for as long as you can.