Benefit rates April 2012

Payment rates for Work and Income benefits and entitlements from April 2012

  • 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 $136.64 $152.67 $87.58 $51 $61 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 18 to 19 years, away from home $170.80 $190.84 $87.58 $51 $61 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 20 to 24 years $170.80 $190.84 $87.58 $51 $61 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 25 years or over $204.96 $229.01 $122.07 $51 $61 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (total) $341.60 $381.68 $229.02 $85 $102 $160 $125 $75 $55
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (each) $170.80 $190.84
    Unemployment Benefit or Sickness Benefit: with children
    Sole parent $293.58 $333.01 See Note 1 $97 $116 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) $341.60 $381.68 See Note 1 $109 $130 $225 $165 $120 $75
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (each) $170.80 $190.84
    Youth Payment
    Single $170.80 $190.84 $51 $61 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (total) $341.60 $381.68 $85 $102 $160 $125 $75 $55
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (each) Hospital rate $170.80 $190.84
    Hospital rate $42.38 $47.35
    Young Parent Payment
    Sole parent, 16 or 17 years living at home or supported by parents (who earn less than Family Tax Credit threshold) $136.64 $152.67 $51 n/a $145 $100 $65 $45
    Sole parent, 1 child $293.58 $333.01 $97 $116 $160 $125 $75 $55
    Sole parent, 2+ children $293.58 $333.01 $97 $116 $225 $165 $120 $75
    Married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship, both qualify (total) $341.60 $381.68 $109 $130 $225 $165 $120 $75
    Married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship, both qualify (each) $170.80 $190.84
    Hospital rate $42.38 $47.35
    Emergency Maintenance Allowance or Emergency Benefit
    16 to 17 years, at home $136.64 $152.67 $87.58 $51 See Note 3 $145 $100 $65 $45
    DPB or Widows Benefit
    Woman alone or single adult $213.49 $238.54 $129.03 $53 $64 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Sole parent $293.58 $333.01 See Note 1 $97 $116 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2
    DPB - Care of Sick or Infirm
    Single, 16 to 17 years $207.32 $231.64 $116.69 $64 $77 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 18 years or over $256.19 $287.69 $165.61 $64 $77 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Sole parent $336.55 $385.10 See Note 1 $107 $129 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2 See Note 2
    Half married, civil union or de facto rate $213.49 $238.54 $129.03
    Invalids Benefit: without children
    Single, 16 to 17 years $207.32 $231.64 $116.69 $64 $77 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 18 years or over $256.19 $287.69 $165.61 $64 $77 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (total) $426.98 $477.08 $302.12 $107 $128 $160 $125 $75 $55
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (each) $213.49 $238.54
    Invalids Benefit: with children
    Sole parent $336.55 $385.10 See Note 1 $107 $129 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) $426.98 $477.08 See Note 1 $130 $156 $225 $165 $120 $75
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (each) $213.49 $238.54
  • Family Tax Credits at 1 April 2012

    Benefit type Rate
    Family tax credit for each child (maximum)
    First or only child, aged 0 to 15 years $92.73
    First or only child, aged 16 years or older $101.98
    Second or subsequent child, aged 0 to 12 years $64.44
    Second or subsequent child, aged 13 to 15 years $73.50
    Second or subsequent child, aged 16 years or older $91.25
  • NZ Superannuation and Veterans Pension rates at 1 April 2012

    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 $348.92 $330.07 $400.07
    Single, sharing $322.08 $303.23 $367.45
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, both qualify (total) $536.80 $499.10 $604.80
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, both qualify (each) $268.40 $249.55 $302.40
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, with non-qualified spouse included (total) $510.18 $472.48 $572.58
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, with non-qualified spouse included (each) $255.09 $236.24 $286.29
    NZ Superannuation or Veterans Pension (non-standard rates)
    Married couple, with non-qualified spouse included before 1 October 1991 (total) $536.80 $499.10 $604.80
    Married couple, with non-qualified spouse included before 1 October 1991 (each) $268.40 $249.55 $302.40
    Partner in rest home, with non-qualified spouse included $256.19 $237.34 $287.56
    Hospital rate $42.38 - $47.31
    Non-taxable amounts
    War Pensioner's Funeral Grant $2,395.10
    World War I veteran's lump sum payment on death $14,316.63
    Other veterans lump sum payment on death $5,678.00
    Veteran's spouse's lump sum payment on death $4,329.64

    For more information about war pensions and allowances, please phone Veterans' Affairs New Zealand on 0800 483 8372 (0800 4 VETERAN)

  • Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds at 1 April 2012 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 $120 $145 $144 $172
    NZ Superannuation or Veterans Pension and Unemployment Benefit or Sickness Benefit or non-beneficiary $110 $132 $133 $160
    Domestic Purposes Benefit - Care of Sick or Infirm and Unemployment Benefit or Sickness Benefit or non-beneficiary $96 $115 $119 $143
    Domestic Purposes Benefit - Care of Sick or Infirm and NZ Superannuation or Veterans Pension $120 $145 $144 $172
    Domestic Purposes Benefit - Care of Sick or Infirm and Invalids Benefit $107 $128 $130 $156
  • Childcare assistance at 1 April 2012

    From 27 September 2010 there are two sets of income thresholds for childcare assistance. These are:

    • a set of lower thresholds - for people who did not receive childcare assistance in the 12 months prior to 27 September 2010.
    • a set of higher thresholds - for people who did receive childcare assistance in the 12 months prior to 27 September 2010.

    Each set of thresholds is listed below. The rates of Childcare Subsidy and OSCAR Subsidy are the same for both sets. Below are the income thresholds for people who did not receive childcare assistance in the 12 months prior to 27 September 2010.

    Number of children Childcare Subsidy and OSCAR subsidy rates Gross income per week
    1 child Less than $1,200.00 $1,200.00 to $1,299.99 $1,300.00 to $1,399.99 $1,400.00 or more
    2 children Less than $1,380.00 $1,380.00 to $1,489.99 $1,490.00 to $1,599.99 $1,600.00 or more
    3 or more children Less than $1,540.00 $1,540.00 to $1,669.99 $1,670.00 to 1,799.99 $1,800.00 or more
    Rate that applies (see the chart below) Rate 1 Rate 2 Rate 3 Nil

    Below are the income thresholds for people who did receive childcare assistance in the 12 months prior to 27 September 2010.

    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

    Below are the rates of Childcare Subsidy and OSCAR Subsidy that apply to both sets of income thresholds listed above.

    Assistance type Rate 1 Rate 2 Rate 3
    Childcare Subsidy hourly rate, non-taxable $3.91 $2.72 $1.51
    Childcare Subsidy up to 50 hours per week, maximum, non-taxable $195.50 $136.00 $75.50
    OSCAR Subsidy hourly rate, non-taxable $3.91 $2.72 $1.51
    OSCAR Subsidy during term time up to 20 hours per week, maximum, non-taxable $78.20 $54.40 $30.20
    OSCAR Subsidy during holidays up to 50 hours per week, maximum, non-taxable $195.50 $136.00 $75.50

    Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment

    Rate Maximum hours Maximum total
    Per child $6 per hour 50 hours $300
  • Hospital Rate at 1 April 2012

    Benefit type Rate
    Hospital Rate
    For other than NZ Superannuation, Veterans Pension, Orphans Benefit, or Unsupported Childs Benefit $47.35 (gross, weekly) $42.38 (net, weekly, after tax at 'M')
  • Funeral Grant at 1 April 2012

    Benefit type Rate
    Funeral Grant
    Income and asset-tested (maximum) $1,959.42
  • Disability Allowance income limits at 1 April 2012

    Category Gross weekly cut-out point
    Single, 16 to 17 years $506.01
    Single, 18 years or over $585.67
    Married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship with or without children $866.91
    Sole parent with 1 child $705.72
    Sole parent with 2 or more children $743.53
  • Community Services Card income cut-out points at 1 April 2012

    Family size Gross annual cut-out point
    Single, sharing accommodation $24,894
    Single, living alone $26,393
    Married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship $39,423
    2-person family - 1 adult, 1 child $47,597
    3-person family $57,640
    4-person family $65,627
    5-person family $73,450
    6-person family $82,193
    For each additional family member add $7,703
  • Training Incentive Allowance rates at 1 April 2012

    Duration Rate, non-taxable
    Weekly (maximum) $103.95
    Yearly (maximum) $4,158.00
  • Student Allowance weekly rates at 1 April 2012

    Category Net weekly allowance(tax at 'M') Gross weekly allowance
    Single Students
    Under 24 year old living, at home (up to) $136.64 $152.67
    Under 24 year old, away from home (up to) $170.80 $190.84
    Independent Circumstances Allowance $170.80 $190.84
    24 year old and over, at home $163.96 $183.20
    24 year old and over, away from home $204.96 $229.01
    Student with Earning Partner
    Student with earning partner, at home $74.05 $82.74
    Student with earning partner, away from home $110.31 $123.25
    Couple Allowance
    One student, one dependent partner $341.60 $391.22
    Both eligible students (each) $170.80 $190.84
    Both students, one eligible $204.96 $229.01
    With Dependents
    Single student (with 1+ children $293.58 $333.01
    Both students, one eligible (with 1+ children) $293.58 $333.01
    Both students, both eligible (with 1+ children) (each) $170.80 $190.84
    One student, with dependent partner (1+ children) $341.60 $391.22
  • Student Loan Living Cost Weekly Maximum at 1 April 2012

    Weekly Maximum
    Student Loan Living Cost $172.51