Earlier changes

What's new

6 July 2020

Orphans Benefit and Unsupported Childs Benefit

From 6 July 2020, caregivers getting Orphans Benefit or Unsupported Childs Benefit will get an extra $25.00 a week for each child in their care. See:

Rent Arrears Assistance

Temporary changes have been made to Rent Arrears Assistance from 6 July 2020. These changes allow more people to get this assistance even though they may be eligible for Recoverable Assistance Payment or Advance Payment of Benefit. The amount that can be accessed has also increased from $2,000 to $4,000 until 31 December 2020. See:


The following welfare programme has been updated, effective from 6 July 2020:

This is also available in a hard-copy (PDF) format. See welfare programmes.


1 July 2020

Residential Care Subsidy

The Residential Care Subsidy asset thresholds, income from assets exemptions, and Territorial Local Authority maximum contribution rates increased on 1 July 2020. See:

Student Loan - Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund covers course fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student service fees for all students studying eligible qualifications and programmes from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2022.

If a student has already paid their course costs or compulsory fees they need to contact their education provider. See:

In-work tax credit

Working families no longer have a minimum hours requirement to qualify for 'In-work tax credit' payments. This includes both existing and new In-work tax credit clients. See:

Paid Parental Leave payments

A person can get Paid Parental Leave payments for up to 26 weeks from 1 July 2020. These payments are charged as income. See:

The In-work tax credit is paid by Inland Revenue to low-income working families with dependent children.

There are no minimum hours of work required to get this payment (from 1 July 2020).

Working families can get up to $72.50 a week for the first 3 children (total) and up to $15 extra per week for each additional child.

Clients getting an income-tested benefit or Student Allowance cannot get the In-work tax credit.

For more information see:

Note the in-work tax credit was known as the in-work payment ...