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.
Apprenticeship Support Programme
Get help to retain and bring on new apprentices.
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.
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.
Transition to Work Grant
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.
You don't have to pay the money back.
Who can get it
To get the Transition to Work Grant you must be:
- 18 years or older (see below if you're 16 or 17 years old)
- looking for paid work of 30 hours or more a week, or 20 hours or more a week if you're a sole parent
- a New Zealand citizen or resident
- looking for or starting a job in New Zealand, not overseas
- and either:
- getting a main benefit (eg Jobseeker Support or Sole Parent Support), or
- registered with us as a job seeker, or
- registered with Student Job Search (if you get Job Seeker Student Hardship), or
- qualify for a main benefit and have an interview or job offer, or
- have a short gap between jobs.
We'll also look at:
- how much you and your partner earn
- any cash assets you or your partner have
- whether you've been paid a Transition to Work Grant in the last 52 weeks.
16 and 17 years old
You can apply if you're 16 or 17 years old and you:
- are relying on another kind of Government assistance (eg Youth Payment), or
- have a child or partner who is dependent on you, or
- are in extreme hardship (eg you can't afford basic living costs like accommodation or food), or
- have an Early Leaving Exemption (ELE) from school.
We may also look at how much your parent or caregiver earns, and any other income or cash assets they have, if you're still their dependent child. You're not considered a dependent child if you're getting a Youth Payment or Young Parent Payment.
What you can get
We may be able to help with the reasonable costs of finding work or starting a new job. For example:
- clothing and transport for a job interview
- interpreter fees
- tools or clothing for work
- relocating for work
- living expenses between your last benefit payment and first pay (eg board or rent, food and power)
- tattoo removal
- childcare when you go to a job interview or first start work.
You can get up to $1,500 (in total) for these things in a 52-week period.
We may also be able to help with on-going childcare costs for up to 50 hours a week, depending on your circumstances.
How to apply
You need to call us on 0800 559 009
We'll talk with you to understand your situation and how we can help. We'll let you know what information you need to provide and how to get this to us.
You may need to fill out the the 'Transition to Work Grant' application form.