Earlier changes

What's new

30 December 2020


The following welfare programme has been updated, effective from 30 December 2020:

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


24 December 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Benefit for temporary visa holders- Changes and reviews

The changes and reviews content has been added for COVID-19 Emergency Benefit for temporary visa holders. See:

Housing Support Products - Rent Arrears Assistance

The temporary expansion of Rent Arrears Assistance has been extended until 30 June 2021. This assistance is to help clients who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 to remain safely housed during this time.

Rent Arrears Assistance should be considered first for any clients with rent arrears. See:

The updates to the Housing Support Assistance Programme will be published on 30 December 2020.


23 December 2020

Best Start tax credit, family tax credit and Child Disability Allowance

The definition of principal caregiver for Best Start, family tax credit and Child Disability Allowance has been updated to match the correct legislation references.

The Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975 has been removed and Best Start and family tax credit pages now refer to the correct information in the Income Tax Act 2007.

A new definition for transitional resident used in the Income Tax Act 2007 has been added. See:


18 December 2020

Working overseas and paying New Zealand tax on earnings

For some main benefit clients, periods working overseas can be considered resident and present in New Zealand, when they have been paying tax on their earnings to Inland Revenue New Zealand.


Advance Payment of Benefit and Recoverable Assistance Payment - School costs

Access to computing equipment (devices) is a key part of digital learning and is becoming normal in schools.

Assistance for computing equipment (devices) can be considered when a parent/caregiver has identified an immediate and essential need for the child to have their own device. See:

A transitional resident is usually a migrant or returning New Zealander who is temporarily exempt from paying tax on most of their overseas income.

For more information see:


  • Transitional resident (definition) section HR 8 Income Tax Act 2007