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.
16-19 year olds
Education, training, work and benefit help for 16-19 year olds
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.
To help you get a job you may need to get some more skills. There are lots of courses to help you do this and we may be able to pay your course fees or other costs.
We look at this on a case by case basis and need you to come and talk to us before we make a decision
Who can get it
As a guide here’s what we look at:
- if you’re on a benefit or waiting to be granted one
- your income and your partner’s income
- how long your course is for
- if the course is an approved course
- if doing the course means extra costs for you.
What you can get
Digital Passport - Online training in digital technology
Learn digital skills online, at your own pace, whenever you want. There are 3 levels of learning, starting with the basics like emails, through to the latest AI tools.
As you learn you’ll earn badges that are great for your CV - showing potential employers exactly what you can do.
Use a Virtual Reality (VR) headset to get a SiteSafe Foundation Passport, Security Certificate of Approval, or Tourism Customer Service certificate. You can also experience what it’s like to work in industries that are hiring now.
VR is available at some of our service centres. Text ‘VR’ with your name and address to 590.
My Skill - Healthcare training for SLP carers
MySkill is online training to help you get a NZQA certified qualification, like a Level 2 caregiver certificate. You can do this at your own pace to help you balance training with your caring commitments. It’s free for Supported Living Payment carers. Make sure you have your Work and Income client number handy when you sign up.
My Skill – Online training to become a caregiver
Start a rewarding career in healthcare through My Skill’s online training. You’ll get help you start your Level 2 NZ Certificate in Health & Wellbeing, and help to find healthcare jobs in your community. It’s free if you’re getting a benefit. Make sure you have your Work and Income client number handy when you sign up.
Over 16,000 online courses to help you to upskill or update your knowledge. Learn about business skills, technology, marketing, and many more. LinkedIn Learning is a great tool to help you prepare for work in your own time. It’s free for anyone with a Work and Income client number.
Text ‘LinkedIn’ with your name and email address to 226.
Up to $1000 is available for short courses over a year (52 weeks) for a Course Participation Allowance.
Up to $5,188.40 is available for longer term courses through a Training Incentive Allowance. This amount includes not just payment of course fees, but other expenses like transport, books, stationery or childcare costs.
Limited Service Volunteer - your pathway to employment
A 6 week hands-on motivational and training programme for young people run by the New Zealand Defence Force on our behalf. You will improve your job prospects, increase your confidence, and make new friends while living at a military camp during the course.
Studying while on a benefit
You can study full or part-time while receiving some benefits.
However, if you want to study full-time you can apply for either a Student Allowance or a Student Loan through StudyLink to help with your living expenses and financing your study.
Courses to help you get a job
We have free online courses available to help you get a job, no matter what stage you're at in your career.
These courses help with things like:
- finding a job that's right for you
- CV and cover letter writing
- preparing or practicing for interviews.