Benefit rates April 2015

Payment rates for Work and Income benefits and entitlements from April 2015

  • Jobseeker Support: without children

    Benefit type

    Net weekly rate (after tax at "M")

    Gross weekly rate

    Special Benefit standard costs

    Accommodation Supplement*

    Entry threshold

    Maximum rate

    Rent or board

    Mortgage

    Area 1

    Area 2

    Area 3

    Area 4

    Single, 18 to 19 years, at home

    $140.08

    $156.51

    $89.79

    $53

    $63

    $145

    $100

    $65

    $45

    Single, 18 to 19 years, away from home

    $175.10

    $195.64

    $89.79

    $53

    $63

    $145

    $100

    $65

    $45

    Single, 20 to 24 years

    $175.10

    $195.64

    $89.79

    $53

    $63

    $145

    $100

    $65

    $45

    Single, 25 years or over

    $210.13

    $234.78

    $125.13

    $53

    $63

    $145

    $100

    $65

    $45

    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (total)

    $350.20

    $391.28

    $234.79

    $88

    $105

    $160

    $125

    $75

    $55

    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (each)

    $175.10

    $195.64

    * Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds and maximum rates for non-beneficiaries are the same as those for Jobseeker Support. Those for 16 to 17 year old non-beneficiaries are the same as those for 18 to 19 year old non-beneficiaries.

  • Jobseeker Support: with children

    Benefit type

    Net weekly rate (after tax at "M")

    Gross weekly rate

    Special Benefit standard costs

    Accommodation Supplement*

    Entry threshold

    Maximum rate

    Rent or board

    Mortgage

    Area 1

    Area 2

    Area 3

    Area 4

    Sole parent

    $300.98

    $341.98

    Note 1

    $98

    $118

    Note 2

    Note 2

    Note 2

    Note 2

    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (total)

    $350.20

    $391.28

    Note 1

    $111

    $133

    $225

    $165

    $120

    $75

    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (each)

    $175.10

    $195.64

    * Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds and maximum rates for non-beneficiaries are the same as those for Jobseeker Support. Those for 16 to 17 year old non-beneficiaries are the same as those for 18 to 19 year old non-beneficiaries.

    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 rates for these clients are:

    Area 1

    Area 2

    Area 3

    Area 4

    $160

    $125

    $75

    $55

    $225

    $165

    $120

    $75

  • Young Parent Payment

    Benefit type Net weekly rate (after tax at "M") Gross weekly rate Special Benefit standard costs Accommodation Supplement*
    Entry threshold Maximum rate
    Rent or board Mortgage Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4
    Sole parent, 16 to 17 years, living with or supported by parents who earn less than the Family Tax Credit threshold $140.08 $156.51 Note 3 $58 Note 4 Note 2 Note 2 Note 2 Note 2
    Sole parent $300.98 $341.98 Note 3 $98 $118 Note 2 Note 2 Note 2 Note 2
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (total) $350.20 $391.28 Note 3 $111 $133 $225 $165 $120 $75
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (each) $175.10 $195.64

    * Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds and maximum rates for non-beneficiaries are the same as those for Jobseeker Support. Those for 16 to 17 year old non-beneficiaries are the same as those for 18 to 19 year old non-beneficiaries.

    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 rates for these clients are:

    Area 1

    Area 2

    Area 3

    Area 4

    $160

    $125

    $75

    $55

    $225

    $165

    $120

    $75

    Note 3: Special Benefit isn't available for these clients.

    Note 4: The mortgage rate isn't relevant as these clients are living at home or away from home and supported by their parents.

    Note 5: Rates, entry thresholds and maximum rates for Emergency Benefit are the same as those for the analogous benefit.

  • Youth Payment

    Benefit type Net weekly rate (after tax at "M") Gross weekly rate Special Benefit standard costs Accommodation Supplement*
    Entry threshold Maximum rate
    Rent or board Mortgage Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4
    Single, 16 to 17 years $175.10 $195.64 Note 3 $53 $63 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (total) $350.20 $391.28 Note 3 $88 $105 $160 $125 $75 $55
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (each) $175.10 $195.64

    * Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds and maximum rates for non-beneficiaries are the same as those for Jobseeker Support. Those for 16 to 17 year old non-beneficiaries are the same as those for 18 to 19 year old non-beneficiaries.

    Note 3: Special Benefit isn't available for these clients.

  • Grandparented Women Alone and DPB Woman Alone granted before 15/7/2013

    Benefit type Net weekly rate (after tax at "M") Gross weekly rate Special Benefit standard costs Accommodation Supplement*
    Entry threshold Maximum rate
    Rent or board Mortgage Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4
    Grandparented Woman alone or DPB woman alone $218.86 $244.54 $132.28 $55 $66 $145 $100 $65 $45

    * Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds and maximum rates for non-beneficiaries are the same as those for Jobseeker Support. Those for 16 to 17 year old non-beneficiaries are the same as those for 18 to 19 year old non-beneficiaries.

  • Sole Parent Support

    Benefit type Net weekly rate (after tax at "M") Gross weekly rate Special Benefit standard costs Accommodation Supplement*
    Entry threshold Maximum rate
    Rent or board Mortgage Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4
    Sole Parent Support $300.98 $341.98 Note 1 $98 $118 Note 2 Note 2 Note 2 Note 2

    * Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds and maximum rates for non-beneficiaries are the same as those for Jobseeker Support. Those for 16 to 17 year old non-beneficiaries are the same as those for 18 to 19 year old non-beneficiaries.

    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 rates for these clients are:

    Area 1

    Area 2

    Area 3

    Area 4

    $160

    $125

    $75

    $55

    $225

    $165

    $120

    $75

  • Supported Living Payment: without children

    Benefit type Net weekly rate (after tax at "M") Gross weekly rate Special Benefit standard costs Accommodation Supplement*
    Entry threshold Maximum rate
    Rent or board Mortgage Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4
    Single, 16 to 17 years $212.54 $237.47 $119.63 $66 $79 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Single, 18 years or over $262.64 $295.51 $169.78 $66 $79 $145 $100 $65 $45
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (total) $437.72 $489.08 $309.72 $109 $131 $160 $125 $75 $55
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple (each) $218.86 $244.54

    * Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds and maximum rates for non-beneficiaries are the same as those for Jobseeker Support. Those for 16 to 17 year old non-beneficiaries are the same as those for 18 to 19 year old non-beneficiaries.

  • Supported Living Payment: with children

    Benefit type Net weekly rate (after tax at "M") Gross weekly rate Special Benefit standard costs Accommodation Supplement*
    Entry threshold Maximum rate
    Rent or board Mortgage Area 1 Area 2 Area 3 Area 4
    Sole parent $345.02 $395.36 Note 1 $109 $131 Note 2 Note 2 Note 2 Note 2
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (total) $437.72 $489.08 Note 1 $133 $159 $225 $165 $120 $75
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple with 1 or more children (each) $218.86 $244.54

    * Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds and maximum rates for non-beneficiaries are the same as those for Jobseeker Support. Those for 16 to 17 year old non-beneficiaries are the same as those for 18 to 19 year old non-beneficiaries.

    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 rates for these clients are:

    Area 1

    Area 2

    Area 3

    Area 4

    $160

    $125

    $75

    $55

    $225

    $165

    $120

    $75

    Note 3: Special Benefit isn't available for these clients.

  • Disability Allowance

    Benefit type Weekly rate,
    non-taxable
    Standard Disability Allowance - maximum $61.69
    Special Disability Allowance $38.48
    Child Disability Allowance $46.49
  • Orphan's Benefit or Unsupported Child's Benefit

    Weekly rate,
    non-taxable
    Aged under 5 years $146.04
    Aged 5 to 9 years $169.48
    Aged 10 to 13 years $187.01
    Aged 14 years or over $204.46
  • Foster Care Allowance

    Weekly rate,
    non-taxable
    Aged 0-4 years $146.04
    Aged 5-9 years $169.48
    Aged 10-13 years $187.01
    Aged 14 years and over $204.46
    Family home $190.64
  • Home Help

    Assistance details

    Maximum Hourly Gross Rate

    Home Helper (excluding Holiday Pay)

    $15.53

    Home Helper (including Holiday Pay)

    $16.77

  • Family Tax Credits

    Family tax credit for each child - maximum Rate
    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 Veteran's Pension

    Pension type Net weekly rate
    (after tax at "M")
    Net weekly rate
    (after tax at "S")
    Gross weekly rate
    NZ Superannuation or Veteran's Pension - standard rates
    Single, living alone $374.53 $355.68 $431.10
    Single, sharing $345.72 $326.87 $396.17
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, both qualify (total) $576.20 $538.50 $652.60
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, both qualify (each) $288.10 $269.25 $326.30
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, with non-qualified spouse included (total) $547.64 $509.94 $618.08
    Married, civil union, or de facto couple, with non-qualified spouse included (each) $273.82 $254.97 $309.04
    NZ Superannuation or Veteran's Pension - non-standard rates
    Married couple, with non-qualified spouse included before 1 October 1991 (total) $576.20 $538.50 $652.60
    Married couple, with non-qualified spouse included before 1 October 1991 (each) $288.10 $269.25 $326.30
    Qualified partner in rest home with non-qualified partner in the community $262.64 $243.79 $295.41
    Hospital rate $43.45 Note 1 $48.49
    Non-taxable amounts
    World War I veteran's lump sum payment on death $14,677.20
    Other veterans lump sum payment on death $5,821.01
    Veteran's spouse's lump sum payment on death $4,438.68

    Note 1: The hospital rate is always taxed at the "M" rate.

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

  • Personal Allowances

    Category Net weekly rate Gross weekly rate
    Older People Receiving RCS $43.45 $48.55
    People with Psychiatric or Intellectual Disabilities $63.31 $70.74
    People with Physical or Sensory Disabilities $102.89 $114.96
  • Accommodation Supplement entry thresholds for couples receiving half-married rates

    Type of benefit combination Without children With children
    Rent or board Mortgage Rent or board Mortgage
    NZ Superannuation or Veterans Pension
    and Supported Living Payment
    $127 $152 $150 $180
    NZ Superannuation or Veterans Pension
    and Jobseeker Support or non-beneficiary
    $116 $139 $139 $167
    Supported Living Payment and Jobseeker Support or non-beneficiary $98 $118 $122 $146
    Supported Living Payment and NZ Superannuation or Veterans Pension $127 $152 $150 $180
  • Childcare assistance

    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 rates of Childcare Subsidy and OSCAR Subsidy that apply to the income thresholds listed above.

    Assistance type Rate 1 Rate 2 Rate 3
    Childcare Subsidy hourly rate, non-taxable $4.00 $2.79 $1.55
    Childcare Subsidy up to 50 hours per week, maximum, non-taxable $200.00 $139.50 $77.50
    OSCAR Subsidy hourly rate, non-taxable $4.00 $2.79 $1.55
    OSCAR Subsidy during term time up to 20 hours per week, maximum, non-taxable $80.00 $55.80 $31.00
    OSCAR Subsidy during holidays up to 50 hours per week, maximum, non-taxable $200.00 $139.50 $77.50
  • Hospital rate

    Rate
    For other than NZ Superannuation, Veterans Pension, Orphans Benefit, or Unsupported Childs Benefit $48.55 (gross, weekly)
    $43.45 (net, weekly, after tax at "M")
  • Funeral Grant

    Rate
    Income and asset-tested - maximum $2,008.76
  • Disability Allowance income limits

    Category Gross weekly cut-out point
    Single, 16 to 17 years $518.76
    Single, 18 years or over $616.71
    Married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship with or without children $914.71
    Sole parent with 1 child $723.49
    Sole parent with 2 or more children $762.26
  • Community Services Card income cut‑out points

    Family size Gross annual cut-out point
    Single, sharing accommodation $26,042.00
    Single, living alone $27,637.00
    Married, in a civil union, or in a de facto relationship $41,327.00
    2-person family - 1 adult, 1 child $48,797.00
    3-person family $59,093.00
    4-person family $67,282.00
    5-person family $75,302.00
    6-person family $84,265.00
    For each additional family member add $7,898.00
  • Training Incentive Allowance

    Duration Rate,
    non-taxable
    Weekly - maximum $106.56
    Yearly - maximum $4,262.40
  • Student Allowance

    Category Net weekly allowance
    (after tax at "M")
    Gross weekly allowance
    Single student without dependent children
    Under 24 years, at home - up to $140.08 $156.51
    Under 24 years, away from home - up to $175.10 $195.64
    Independent circumstances $175.10 $195.64
    24 years or over, at home $168.09 $187.81
    24 years or over, away from home $210.13 $234.78
    Student with earning partner
    Student with earning partner, at home $75.92 $84.83
    Student with earning partner, away from home $113.08 $126.35
    Couple without dependent children
    One student, one dependent partner $350.20 $401.64
    Both eligible students (each) $175.10 $195.64
    Both students, one eligible $210.13 $234.78
    Single student with dependent children
    Single student with 1 or more children $300.98 $341.98
    Couple with dependent children
    Both students, one eligible, with 1 or more children $300.98 $341.98
    Both students, both eligible, with 1 or more children (each) $175.10 $195.64
    One student, one dependent partner, with 1 or more children $350.20 $401.64
  • Student Loan living cost component

    Weekly rate
    Student Loan living cost component - maximum $176.86