Work Bonus is an incentive payment available if you choose to work even though you don’t have work obligations as a condition of your benefit.
Who can get it
You'll get Work Bonus if you were getting:
- Sole Parent Support and your youngest dependent child is under 3
- Supported Living Payment because of poor health, an injury or disability (your partner may also be able to get financial help if they’re on this benefit too)
- Emergency Maintenance Allowance and your youngest dependent child is under 3
- Supported Living Payment instead of Emergency Assistance because you don’t have New Zealand residency.
How much will you get
Work Bonus is paid at the full Sole Parent Support or Supported Living Payment rate (depending on the benefit you’re on), and reduces by $100 a week until it runs out.
You won’t be taxed on Work Bonus and we won’t treat it as an income or asset. It doesn’t count as income for Working for Families Tax Credits either.
Call us to talk through whether you may able to get the Work Bonus. If you do we’ll make an appointment for you to come and see us and tell you what documents to bring.
Phone 0800 559 009