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.
Sole Parent Support
Sole Parent Support is a weekly payment that helps single parents find part-time work or get ready for future work.
- helps you get ready for future work (if your youngest child is under 3)
- supports you to find part-time work (if your youngest child is 3 or over)
- may mean you can get help with education and training.
Only one parent or caregiver can get Sole Parent Support. Shared care of your child could affect your payments.
Who can get it
You may get Sole Parent Support if you:
- are aged 20 or older (if you're 19 or younger, you may be able to get a Young Parent Payment)
- are a single parent or caregiver
- have one or more dependent children under 14
- are not in a relationship, and
- do not have adequate financial support.
You also need to:
- be either:
- a New Zealand citizen
- a permanent resident, or
- have a residence visa under the Immigration Act 2009
- have lived continuously in NZ for at least 2 years since either:
- becoming a NZ citizen
- becoming a permanent resident, or
- getting a residence class visa
- be ordinarily resident in NZ, and
- be ordinarily resident in New Zealand when you apply.
If you meet all the above criteria except for the one about how long you've lived in New Zealand, talk to us.
This information is a guide only. For more detail about who can get it, read:
Check if you can get Sole Parent Support
To find out if you could get Sole Parent Support and what else you might qualify for, use our 'Check what you might get' tool.
What you can get
Sole Parent Support is paid weekly. How much you get depends on your situation and how much you earn.
If you get Sole Parent Support, you'll also automatically get a Winter Energy Payment. This is paid during the Winter months.
How to apply
You can apply online through MyMSD. We'll also check to see if you can get any other help from us, based on the answers you give in your application.
What happens next
Once you've submitted your online form, we'll call you if there's anything else you need to do.
Apply for child support
If you get Sole Parent Support, you need to fill in a Child Support application form. This helps Inland Revenue collect child support payments from the other parent of your child.
There are some situations when you don't need to apply. Everyone's situation is different.
We'll contact you when we process your application and let you know what you need to do.
If your application's approved
- We'll let you know when your payments will start.
- We'll also send you a Community Services Card to help with the costs of prescriptions and going to the doctor.
- You may also get a Family Tax Credit from Inland Revenue.
While you're getting Sole Parent Support
There are things you need to do when you're getting a Sole Parent Support benefit. If you don't do them, your benefit could reduce or stop. This includes things like:
- telling us if something changes
- finding or preparing for work
- taking part in work ability assessments.
Getting Sole Parent Support for more than 12 months
If you're getting Sole Parent Support and you still need it after a year, you have to re-apply.
For more information contact us