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.
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
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.
A-Z benefits and payments
Benefits and payments you can get from Work and Income if you're eligible.
You may be able to get $5k to Work if you qualify for a benefit and need to move to take up a job.
Winter Energy Payment
The Winter Energy Payment is an extra payment to help with the cost of heating your home over the winter months.
Accommodation Supplement is a weekly payment which helps people with their rent, board or the cost of owning a home.
An Advance Payment of Benefit is a one-off payment to help you pay an essential or emergency cost if you can't pay it another way.
Apprenticeship Boost is a payment to help employers keep and take on new apprentices.
Away from Home Allowance is a weekly payment which helps carers with the living costs for 16 or 17 year olds who are living away from home while on a tertiary or training course. We pay the allowance to the carer of the young person.
If you're starting your own business, we may be able to help with developing a business plan, training in business skills, advice and project reports.
Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment made to the main carer of a child or young person with a serious disability. It is paid in recognition of the extra care and attention needed for that child.
Childcare Subsidy is a payment that helps families with the cost of pre-school childcare.
If you can't earn enough income to pay for the things you and your family need, and you're affected by the attacks, we may be able to help.
When there's an emergency event (e.g. flooding or an earthquake), we may make Civil Defence payments available. If you've been affected and these payments are available, you may be able to get one.
Civilian Amputee Assistance helps amputees, or those born without a limb(s), with some of their costs when they need to go to an Artificial Limb Centre.
A Clothing Allowance is a weekly payment we give you if you get Orphan's Benefit or Unsupported Child's Benefit for children in your care, to help you pay for their clothing.
Community Costs is a weekly payment which helps people in a short-term residential treatment programme meet their essential ongoing costs in the community.
The Community Services Card can help you with the costs of health care and public transport. This means you could pay less on some health services, prescriptions and fares for public transport. Always carry your card with you to make it easy to get the benefits.
We may be able to help with the costs of going to a short-term course or programme that helps you gain specific employment skills.
Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability. These could be visits to the doctor or hospital, medicines, extra clothing or travel.
The Early Learning Payment helps pay the costs of Early Childhood Education for children aged 18 months to 3 years. These children need to be from families enrolled in selected Family Start or Early Start Programmes.
If you can't support yourself and don't qualify for any other payment, you may be able to get the Emergency Benefit.
Emergency Maintenance Allowance is assistance that may be paid to sole parents who do not qualify for any other payments.
Employment Transition Assistance is a weekly payment you can get if you've completed a Supported Living Payment Employment Trial.
The Establishment Grant is a one-off payment to carers of someone else's child to help with the costs when a child first comes into their care, eg a bed, bedding and clothing.
You can apply if a child you care for shows promise in a skill or talent, or because they are experiencing difficulties and need extra support. To qualify you need to get the Orphan’s Benefit or Unsupported Child’s Benefit.
Flexi-wage is one of the ways we're supporting more New Zealanders into work, by helping you get the skills you need for the job, and supporting more employers to hire staff.
Flexi-wage is one of the ways we're supporting more New Zealanders into work. We can help you start your own business and help with costs while you get started.
If you're a sole parent and you're working during times when childcare programmes are closed, eg weekends or nights, we may be able to help with childcare costs during these times.
A Funeral Grant can help with some of the funeral costs of someone who has died.
If you're under 20 and in full-time education, training or work-based learning, you may be able to get the Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment (GCAP) to assist with the cost of childcare
You automatically get the Holiday and Birthday Allowance if you already get Unsupported Child's Benefit or Orphan's Benefit. Use these payments to celebrate important events in the child’s life, like their birthday or Christmas.
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.
If you're a parent involved in an international custody or access dispute over the care of your child or children, and you have limited financial support, we may be able to help you.
Jobseeker Support is a weekly payment that helps people while they are looking for work or can't work right now.
The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme (used to be 'COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support') is available for employers, including sole traders, to pay their employees who can't work.
If you have a disability or health condition, including a mental health condition or neurodiversity, and you want to work, you can apply to join one of our Mainstream programmes. The programmes can help you get into paid work and support you towards getting a long-term job.
Take part in Mana in Mahi to get paid while you train to do a job you love.
The New Employment Transition Grant is a payment which helps people who are no longer on a benefit and who can't work because of sickness or a breakdown in childcare arrangements.
Get help with costs like travel, clothing or temporarily moving home, when you're starting seasonal horticulture or viticulture work.
New Zealand Superannuation is a fortnightly payment for people aged 65 and over.
Orphan's Benefit is a weekly payment which helps carers supporting a child or young person whose parents have died or can't be found, or can't look after them because they have a serious long-term health condition or incapacity.
Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy is a payment which helps families with the costs of before and after school care for up to 20 hours a week, and school holiday programmes for up to 50 hours a week.
The Special Needs Grant (re-establishment grant) is a payment to help people in specific circumstances re-establish themselves in the community.
A Recoverable Assistance Payment is a one-off payment to help you pay an essential or emergency cost if you can't pay it another way.
If money is tight and you're worried you'll lose your housing because you owe rent, you may be able to get Rent Arrears Assistance.
If you're going into residential care and want to keep your home for a while, you may not be able to pay for the cost of your care. You may be able to get a Residential Care Loan to help pay for this.
If you need long-term residential care in a hospital or rest home, you may be able to get a Residential Care Subsidy from the Ministry of Health.
Residential Support Subsidy is a payment that helps with the cost of residential support for a person with a physical, sensory, intellectual, psychiatric disability (including drug and alcohol rehabilitation) or long-term chronic health condition who needs residential care as a result.
Rural Assistance Payments can help farmers during or after an adverse event, eg. a flood or drought.
If you're caring for someone else's child and need help with pre-school or school-related costs at the beginning of the year, you may be able to get the School and Year Start-up Payment.
Assistance for seasonal workers who are no longer getting a benefit and have lost wages because of work missed due to bad weather.
If you're starting a business and need help with essential start up costs, eg furniture or the first lot of stock, we may be able to help.
Social Rehabilitation Assistance is a payment which helps people who are in a residential social rehabilitation programme and their benefit isn't enough to meet the fees.
Sole Parent Support is a weekly payment that helps single parents find part-time work or get ready for future work.
Special Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have a spouse or partner who is in residential care, or has been in a public hospital for over 13 weeks. It's paid to the spouse or partner who is not in care to help with the extra costs of having their spouse or partner in care.
A Special Needs Grant is a one-off payment to help you pay an essential or emergency cost if you can't pay it another way.
If you've been released from prison, we may be able to help you get set up in the community with a 'Steps to Freedom' grant.
A Student Allowance is a weekly payment paid by StudyLink, that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying.
Supported Living Payment is a weekly payment to help you if you have, or are caring for someone with, a significant health condition, injury or disability.
Temporary Additional Support is a weekly payment that helps you when you don't have enough money to cover your essential living costs.
If you need help with fees and other study costs for a course you're doing, you may be able to get a Training Incentive Allowance.
We may be able to pay for things you need to find or start a job, such as clothes, travel, living expenses until your first pay and other things.
Unsupported Child's Benefit is a weekly payment which helps carers supporting a child or young person whose parents can't care for them because of a family breakdown.
Veteran's Pension is a fortnightly payment for veterans who have qualifying operational service in the New Zealand Armed Forces.
If you're on a benefit and choose to work even though you don't have work obligations, you may be able to get a Work Bonus.
Working for Families is help from Work and Income and Inland Revenue (IR) to make it easier to work and raise a family.
Young Parent Payment helps young parents aged 16-19 year olds.
Youth Payment helps young people aged 16 or 17 who can't live with their parents or guardian and aren't supported by them or anyone else.