We can help you get ready to apply and find the right job for you. We can even help you while you're working.
Get ready to work
You can get training, help with CVs and cover letters, and advice for job interviews.
Find out what jobs are available, which job is best for you and how you can plan your career.
Whether you've just started a job or need some help at work, we've got your back.
Lost your job
We'll help you get ready to find a new job and support you while you're between jobs.
Start your own business
Get help to plan and set up a successful business or be a self-employed contractor.
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.
Feeling anxious about work
Getting a job and going to work doesn't have to be hard. These services can make life easier and give you confidence.
You can get help to:
- build your confidence
- work through your worries
- overcome obstacles.
All these services are free.
Build your confidence
You can use these services when it suits you. They'll help you build your strengths and confidence, and plan your future.
Te Heke Mai
An app and coaching service to help when you're looking for work, or starting training or a new job. It's open to anyone in New Zealand.
Talk to a reliable and non-judgemental mentor, on the phone or video call. They'll help you with any questions or tough situations. You can get this for up to 12 months. It's run by Whakarongorau Aotearoa.
You can join if you're:
- in Mana in Mahi, or
- 18-24 years old and getting a benefit, or recently stopped your benefit to start work or study.
Work through your worries
These are free counselling services to help you understand your worries, manage anxiety, and plan for your future.
Get free phone and web-based counselling. It can help with low mood, anxiety, grief, addictions, and relationship issues. It's run by Whakarongorau Aotearoa.
You can get it if you are 18 or older, and either:
- get a benefit, extra help (e.g. Childcare Subsidy or Disability Allowance) or a pension from Work and Income
- get regular payments from StudyLink (e.g. a Student Loan)
- have a Community Services Card
- are in emergency or public housing.
E Ara E
A counselling and mental health service helping young Aucklanders with work or study. It's run by Odyssey Auckland.
You can join if you're 18-24, get a benefit, and live in Auckland region.
Visit the E Ara E page on the Odyssey website
A counselling and mental health service for young people in Canterbury. You can get help to work or study, and manage your wellbeing. It's run by Odyssey House.
You can join if you're 18-24, get a benefit, and live in Canterbury.
Looking after your mental health is important. But it can be big step to take. These services can help you take that step.
These services can help you manage your mental health, including depression and addiction. Their focus is to make sure you have expert support that works for you.
A community-led programme in Whangārei based on kaupapa Māori. It helps with addiction, managing mental health, and working towards getting a job. It's run by Te Hau Āwhiowhio ō Otangarei Trust.
You can join if you:
- live in Whangārei
- have a health condition, disability, or struggle with addiction
- are getting a benefit.
Call the Te Hau Āwhiowhio ō Otangarei Trust on 0800 120 912 or visit their website:
Individual Placement and Support
Extra support if you have a severe mental health condition. You'll get help to find a job, and keep it. It's available in some areas from Te Whatu Ora (Health New Zealand) and Māori Mental Health Services.
Individual Placement and Support will give you an employment consultant to work with. They will work with you and your mental health support team, and make a plan to help you get a job.
You can get this if you have a severe mental health condition, and are a patient with either:
- Te Whatu Ora Auckland
- Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau
- Te Whatu Ora Waitemata Adult Mental Health services
- Moko (Māori Mental Health) Services in Waitemata.
Contact your Mental Health Key Worker at your mental health provider to apply for this.
Get a dedicated support team working with you and your health provider. They'll help you set goals and plan how to reach them.
You can get this if you:
- get a main benefit (e.g. Supported Living Payment or Jobseeker Support), or
- have a job but can't work right now due to a health condition, injury or disability, and
- your doctor is registered with either:
To join Here Toitū, contact one of the health providers in the list above, or talk to your doctor.