Find out what services we can offer to help you find work and when you start a new job.
Looking for work
We have jobs available now in various industries and you can search on our job websites.
Help with your job search
From advice on making a plan, to tips on where to look and following up leads.
Training and experience
Our programmes can help you get ready for work with training and work experience.
Job Connect on Facebook
Find out how we can help you get ready to work, find work, and support available while you're working.
CVs and cover letters
We’ve got great templates and advice for writing your CV or cover letter, and filling out job applications.
Help with work costs
Get help to pay for the things you need to start work
Job support and advice
Get all the support and advice you need to stay in work.
Health and disability
If you want to work, we can support you to find the right job for you.
Start your own business
We can help you get your business up and running.
Get advice about how to prepare for and deliver a great interview.
Help for 16-19 year olds
We’ve got extra support for young people to get ready for work and find a job.
Take a look at the range of benefits and payments we have available.
Redundancy, health condition or disability or another reason you can’t work
Food, school costs, power, accommodation or other living expenses you need help with
You’ve had a relationship break-up, family breakdown or violent relationship end
Health and Disability
Counselling, prescription and GP costs, medical alarms and other costs we can help with
Travelling overseas, how to apply, payment rates and dates, overseas pensions, income and other info for Seniors
Caring for someone else’s child or someone with a health condition, injury or disability
Urgent or unexpected costs
Dental, glasses, car repairs, fridge, washing machine, funeral or other urgent costs you need help with
Childcare, school uniforms, stationery, having a baby and other costs if you have children
Moving to New Zealand
Payments you can get from us, settling into NZ, overseas pensions and more.
Benefits and forms
A-Z list of benefits, forms, benefit rates
Check out what you need to do when you're getting a benefit or other payment from us.
Address, contact details, overseas travel, childcare, relationship or anything else that’s changed.
Declare income and income deduction tables
Change in your childcare situation, continue childcare payments, cohort entry schools and other childcare information
Going on holiday or going to live overseas
Re-apply for Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support, Temporary Additional Support and more
Check or stop your payments, payment cards and other information
Check your debt, repayments and other debt information
Rights and responsibilities
Our commitment to you, obligations, complaints, benefit fraud and more
Find out how we can help you with housing.
Nowhere to stay
Get help if you have nowhere to stay right now.
Find a house
Find out where to look for private housing, or apply for public (social) housing.
Living in your home
Get help with accommodation costs, and advice on any housing issues and public housing tenancies.
Find out how we can help if you’re moving house.
Read some of our housing information in other languages.
Being a support person or job coach
Clients who are getting Job or Training Support Funds may also need a support person or job coach, to help them while they're at work or training.
If you're a support person or job coach, there are certain things you need to do so we can pay you the right amount.
Starting work with a new client
Clients will have an assessment to identify the level of support they need. They also need to choose their support person or job coach themselves. This can be someone they know, or a person found through an agency. When hiring a job coach we recommend the client talks to their employer before making their choice.
Once a client reaches out to you for your services as a support person or job coach, you should discuss:
- the tasks they expect you to perform
- your hours and pay rate
- signing an agreement between you.
If your support person is driving you, they must have a full New Zealand drivers licence. Waka Kotahi's (New Zealand Transport Agency) may also have some conditions or licensing requirements they must meet, e.g. a Passenger or 'P' endorsement on their licence.
Clients can apply for help to pay for a job coach for up to 6 weeks.
Clients can have more than one support person for different tasks, e.g. a driver and a New Zealand Sign-language interpreter. Support Funds cannot pay for a support person for 100% of the client's working hours.
What you need to do
You and your client are responsible for recording and sending us the information we need to pay you.
Register with us
You need to be registered with us as a provider to receive payments from us. You can find out how to register here:
Timesheets and invoices
You must give your client a timesheet and invoice every 2 weeks. This shows the actual hours you've worked. You both need to agree to and sign the timesheet. We will use these to pay you on the client's behalf. The payment will be paid directly into the bank account you gave us when you registered as a supplier.
We will pay your invoice within 10 working days.
Make sure the invoice is not more than the number of hours we've agreed to fund.
Your invoices must:
- have your organisation’s:
- contact phone number, and
- have your client’s full name
- have the bank account the invoice is to be paid to
- have a unique invoice number
- have GST information:
- If your organisation is GST registered, you must have your GST number and the total cost before and after GST
- If your organisation is not GST registered, you must note this on the invoice.
- be addressed to:
Ministry of Social Development
PO Box 1556
You can use this template for your invoices:
Email the invoice and signed timesheet to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the invoice number in the subject line and name the file in the following format:
CLIENT NAME - INVOICE NUMBER
You can also post them to us at:
Ministry of Social Development,
PO Box 1556
There's more information about invoices on Inland Revenue's website:
Other things you need to do
You need to take care of obligations like income tax, GST, ACC levies and other legal matters.