Young Parent Payment
Young Parent Payment helps young parents aged 16-19 year olds.
Who can get it
You may get the Young Parent Payment if you:
- are 16-19 years old
- have a dependent child or children
- are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
If you are single, and aged 16 or 17 years old, you may only receive Young Parent Payment if you are:
- in exceptional circumstances or
- living at home with, or being financially supported by, your parents or guardians and they earn less than the Family Tax Credit income cut-off point or
- divorced, your civil union has been dissolved, or you have separated from your de-facto partner.
If you are married, in a civil union or a de facto relationship you may get Young Parent Payment as long as you're not in a relationship with a specified beneficiary
You must also:
- be in, or available for, full time education, training or work-based learning leading towards an NCEA level 2 qualification, or an equivalent or higher qualification
- be in a teen parent unit if your child is one year old, or from six months old if there is a place available for you
- work with a Youth Service provider who will help you manage your money
- attend a budgeting course
- attend a parenting course to develop your parenting skills
- enrol your child (or children) at a medical centre or with a doctor
- register your children under five with a WellChild, like Plunket, and make sure they have regular checkups with this provider
- have your child (or children) attend Early Childhood Education or other suitable childcare when you are in education, training or work-based learning or part-time work.
You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.
This information is a guide only.
You are considered to be in exceptional circumstances if:
- you have left the care of Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, or
- your parents or guardian can't support you. This could be because they are in prison, in hospital, deceased, or overseas, or
- your relationship with your parents or guardians has broken down and no one can support you financially, or
- there is a good reason why you can no longer live with your parents or guardian, or be supported by them or anyone else.
You would not be considered to be in exceptional circumstances if you have the option of living with a parent or guardian but choose not to without a good and sufficient reason.
When you apply for a Young Parent Payment we usually discuss your situation with your parents or caregivers. There are some circumstances when this won't happen, for example, if you are married or in a civil union.
Education & Training
Most young people are better off if they finish their education or are in training for future work. When you meet with a Youth Service provider to discuss your application they will focus their conversations on what education or training you will return to, start or continue doing.
How much you can get
This depends on your current circumstances.
Are you eligible?
Find out if you might get this benefit, and what other financial assistance may be available to you.
How to apply
Complete your application form for financial assistance online.
You can also go to any Work and Income Service Centre and use one of our self service kiosks to complete the online application.
We can grant you the financial assistance you’re entitled to from the date you first contact us if you complete your application within 20 working days of that date.