Benefit rates April 2010

Payment rates for Work and Income benefits and entitlements from April 2010

  • Main benefits

    Benefit type Net weekly rate (after tax at 'M') Gross weekly rate Special Benefit standard costs Accommodation Supplement*
    Entry threshold Maximum subsidy
    Rent or board Mortgage Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4
    Unemployment Benefit or Sickness Benefit: without children
    Single, 18 to 19 years, at home $129.41 $147.90 $82.95 $49 $58 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 18 to 19 years, away from home $161.76 $184.87 $82.95 $49 $58 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 20 to 24 years $161.76 $184.87 $82.95 $49 $58 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 25 years or over $194.12 $221.85 $115.61 $49 $58 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (total) $323.52 $369.74 $216.91 $81 $97 $160 $125 $75 $55
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (each) $161.76 $184.87
    Unemployment Benefit or Sickness Benefit: with children
    Sole parent $278.04 $322.98 See Note 1 $91 $109 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (total) $323.52 $369.74 See Note 1 $102 $123 $225 $165 $120 $75
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (each) $161.76 $184.87
    Independent Youth Benefit
    Single, married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship $161.76 $184.87 $82.95 $49 $58 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Emergency Maintenance Allowance or Emergency Benefit
    16 to 17 years, at home $129.41 $147.90 $82.95 $49 See Note 3 $145 $100 $65 $45
    DPB or Widows Benefit
    Woman alone or single adult $202.20 $231.09 $122.21 $51 $61 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Sole parent $278.04 $322.98 See Note 1 $91 $109 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2
    DPB - Care of Sick or Infirm
    Single, 16 to 17 years $196.35 $224.40 $110.52 $61 $73 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 18 years or over $242.63 $278.16 $156.85 $61 $73 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Sole parent $318.75 $374.51 See Note 1 $101 $122 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2
    Half-married or civil union or de facto rate $202.20 $231.09 $122.21
    Invalids Benefit: without children
    Single, 16 to 17 years $196.35 $224.40 $110.52 $61 $73 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 18 years or over $242.63 $278.16 $156.85 $61 $73 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (total) $404.40 $462.18 $286.14 $101 $121 $160 $125 $75 $55
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (each) $202.20 $231.09
    Invalids Benefit: with children
    Sole parent $318.75 $374.51 See Note 1 $101 $122 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (total) $404.40 $462.18 See Note 1 $123 $147 $225 $165 $120 $75
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (each) $202.20 $231.09

    Note 1: Special Benefit standard costs for these clients are equal to 70% of the unabated main benefit and unabated family tax credit combined.

    Note 2: Accommodation Supplement maximum subsidies for these clients are:

    Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4
    2 person family $160 $125 $75 $55
    3 (or more) person family $225 $165 $120 $75

    Note 3: The mortgage rate isn't relevant because these clients are living at home.

    * Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds and maximum subsidies for non-beneficiaries are the same as those for Unemployment Benefit or Sickness Benefit clients. Those for 16 to 17 year old non-beneficiaries are the same as those for 18 to 19 year old non-beneficiaries.

    Benefit type Weekly rate, non-taxable
    Disability Allowance
    Standard Disability Allowance (maximum) $56.98
    Special Disability Allowance $35.55
    Child Disability Allowance $42.94
    Orphans Benefit or Unsupported Childs Benefit
    Aged under 5 years $134.91
    Aged 5 to 9 years $156.56
    Aged 10 to 13 years $172.77
    Aged 14 years or over $188.88
    Benefit type Rate
    Hospital rate
    For other than NZ Superannuation, Veterans Pension, Orphans Benefit, or Unsupported Childs Benefit $40.63 (gross, weekly) $35.55 (net, weekly, after tax at 'M')
    Funeral Grant
    Income and asset-tested (maximum) $1,855.75
    Family tax credit for each child (maximum)
    First or only child, aged 0 to 15 years $86.29
    First or only child, aged 16 years or older $99.96
    Second or subsequent child, aged 0 to 12 years $59.98
    Second or subsequent child, aged 13 to 15 years $68.40
    Second or subsequent child, aged 16 years or older $89.44
  • NZ Superannuation and Veterans Pension rates

    Pension type Net weekly rate (after tax at ‘M’) Net weekly rate (after tax at 'S') Gross weekly rate
    NZ Superannuation or Veterans Pension (standard rates)
    Single, living alone $318.12 $295.23 $373.56
    Single, sharing $293.65 $270.76 $342.58
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, both qualify (total) $489.42 $443.64 $561.24
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, both qualify (each) $244.71 $221.82 $280.62
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, with non-qualified spouse included (total) $465.48 $420.42 $531.72
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, with non-qualified spouse included (each) $232.74 $210.21 $265.86
    NZ Superannuation or Veterans Pension (non-standard rates)
    Married couple, with non-qualified spouse included before 1 October 1991 (total) $489.42 $443.64 $561.24
    Married couple, with non-qualified spouse included before 1 October 1991 (each) $244.71 $221.82 $280.62
    Partner in rest home, with non-qualified spouse included $242.63 $219.74 $278.12
    Hospital rate $35.55 $32.15 $40.55
    Non-taxable amounts
    War Pensioner's Funeral Grant $2,268.38
    World War I veteran's lump sum payment on death $13,559.16
    Other veterans lump sum payment on death $5,377.59
    Veteran's spouse's lump sum payment on death $4,100.57

    For more information about war pensions and allowances, please phone Veterans Pension Centre on 0800 650 656

  • Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds for couples receiving half-married rates of different benefits

    Type of benefit combination Without children With children
    Rent or board Mortgage Rent or board Mortgage
    NZ Superannuation or Veterans Pension and Invalid's Benefit $112 $134 $133 $160
    NZ Superannuation or Veterans Pension and Unemployment Benefit or Sickness Benefit or non-beneficiary $102 $122 $123 $148
    Domestic Purposes Benefit - Care of Sick or Infirm and Unemployment Benefit or Sickness Benefit or non-beneficiary $91 $109 $113 $135
    Domestic Purposes Benefit - Care of Sick or Infirm and NZ Superannuation or Veteran's Pension $112 $134 $133 $160
    Domestic Purposes Benefit - Care of Sick or Infirm and Invalids Benefit $101 $121 $123 $147
  • Childcare assistance

    Number of children Childcare Subsidy and OSCAR subsidy rates
    Gross income per week
    1 child Less than $1,274.00 $1,274.00 to $1,379.99 $1,380.00 to $1,485.99 $1,486.00 or more
    2 children Less than $1,465.00 $1,465.00 to $1,580.99 $1,581.00 to $1,697.99 $1,698.00 or more
    3 or more children Less than $1,634.00 $1,634.00 to $1,771.99 $1,772.00 to 1,909.99 $1,910.00 or more
    Rate that applies (see the chart below) Rate 1 Rate 2 Rate 3 Nil
    Assistance type Rate 1 Rate 2 Rate 3
    Childcare Subsidy hourly rate, non-taxable $3.70 $2.57 $1.43
    Childcare Subsidy up to 50 hours per week, maximum, non-taxable $185.00 $128.50 $71.50
    OSCAR Subsidy hourly rate, non-taxable $3.70 $2.57 $1.43
    OSCAR Subsidy during term time up to 20 hours per week, maximum, non-taxable $74.00 $51.40 $28.60
    OSCAR Subsidy during holidays up to 50 hours per week, maximum, non-taxable $185.00 $128.50 $71.50
  • Disability Allowance income limits

    Category Gross weekly cut-out point
    Single, 16 to 17 years $479.24
    Single, 18 years or over $554.68
    Married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship with or without children $807.04
    Sole parent with 1 child $668.39
    Sole parent with 2 or more children $704.19
  • Community Services Card income cut-out points

    Family size Gross annual cut-out point
    Single, sharing accommodation $23,576
    Single, living alone $24,995
    Married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship $37,336
    2-person family - 1 adult, 1 child $45,078
    3-person family $54,589
    4-person family $62,154
    5-person family $69,563
    6-person family $77,843
    For each additional family member add $7,295
  • Training Incentive Allowance rates

    Duration Rate, non-taxable
    Weekly (maximum) $98.45
    Yearly (maximum) $3,938.00