Supported Living Payment
Supported Living Payment is a weekly payment to help you if you have, or are caring for someone with, a health condition, injury or disability..
Who can get it
You may be able to get the Supported Living Payment if you are either:
- permanently and severely restricted in your ability to work because of a health condition, injury or disability
- totally blind
- caring full-time for someone at home who would otherwise need hospital-level or residential care (or equivalent) who is not your husband, wife or partner.
You must also be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who normally lives here, and who has lived here for at least two years at one time since becoming a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
If not, please talk to us as you may qualify for the Emergency Benefit, or we may have an agreement with the country where you’ve been living.
Have a health condition, injury or disability
To get the Supported Living Payment because of a health condition, injury or disability, you must be either:
- permanently and severely restricted in your capacity to work because of a health condition, injury or disability. This means you:
- have a condition affecting your capacity to work for more than two years, OR
- have a life expectancy of less than two years AND
- can’t regularly work 15 hours or more a week in open employment
- totally blind.
You must also be 16 years or older.
As part of your application for Supported Living Payment we’ll need you to give us information that confirms your condition and the impact it has on your ability to work.
To get the Supported Living Payment because you're a full-time carer, you need to be caring full-time for someone at home who isn't your husband, wife or partner.
The person can be:
- your child
- a family member (other than your partner or spouse)
- a member of your community.
The person you’re caring for must otherwise need to receive hospital or residential-level care. Examples of this level of care are:
- rest home care
- residential disability care
- extended care services for severely disabled children and young people
- inpatient or residential hospital care.
If you have a partner, your partner can’t be included in your Supported Living Payment. Talk to us if they need financial assistance.
This benefit may be for you if you cannot work full-time because you need to care for someone.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you will need to talk to us about the situation before you can get this benefit.
As part of the application process we’ll need to see medical information from the doctor or specialist of the person you’re caring for.
There is an income limit for this assistance.
Check if you can get Supported Living Payment
To find out if you could get Supported Living Payment and what else you might qualify for, use our 'Check what you might get' tool.
What you can get
Supported Living Payment is paid weekly.
If you're caring for someone, how much you get depends on your situation and how much you and your partner (if you have one) earn.
If you're not caring for someone, how much you get depends on your situation and how much you earn (in some cases we may not count all of your income). If you're totally blind, we won't take any of your income into account.
How to apply
You can complete and submit your application form online. We'll also check to see if you can get any other help from us, based on the answers you give in your application form.
What happens next
Once you've submitted your online form, there are a number of things you'll need to do to complete the application process. Your partner (if you have one) may also need to do some things too. These could include:
- read and agree to obligations
- provide a medical certificate
- gather supporting documents
- book an appointment.
We'll let you know what you need to do once you've submitted your online form.
If your application's approved
- We'll let you know when your payments will start.
- We'll also send you Community Services Card to help with the costs of prescriptions and going to the doctor.
- If you have dependent children under 18, you'll also get a Family Tax Credit from Inland Revenue.
The health and disability support system may also be able to help, eg, time off for caregivers or home support services. Visit the Ministry of Justice website for more information.
If you're getting Supported Living Payment, you need to keep us up-to-date with any changes that might affect how much you get paid, eg, travelling or moving overseas, earning income, etc.
Contact us for more information.