Who can get the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment

Find out what criteria you needed to meet to get the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment.

Information

Applications for the Income Relief Payment closed on 14 November 2020.

If you need financial help, use our Check What You Might Get guide to see what payments you could qualify for.

Who could get it

You may be able to get the Income Relief Payment if you:

  • applied or contacted us about applying before 14 November 2020
  • lost your last job or self-employment from 1 March 2020 to 30 October 2020 (inclusive) because of the impacts of COVID-19
  • normally worked 15 hours or more a week (for 12 weeks or more) before you lost your work because of COVID-19
  • were normally living in New Zealand when you lost your job.

You must also be:

  • a New Zealand citizen or a resident with a residence class visa
  • normally living in New Zealand
  • 18 years old or over, or a financially independent 16- or 17-year-old.

There's more criteria if you are:

  • In a relationship

    If you’re in a relationship with a partner, you could both get the Income Relief Payment if you both met the criteria for who can get it.

    You will not qualify for the Income Relief Payment if your partner earns $2,000 or more in wages or salary each week, before tax.

  • Getting NZ Super or Veteran's Pension

    You could get the Income Relief Payment as well as your NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension if:

    • you met the criteria for who can get it, and
    • you’re over 65, and
    • you don’t have a non-qualified partner included, and
    • you’re not a non-qualified partner.
  • Getting Paid Parental Leave from Inland Revenue

    You couldn't get the Income Relief Payment if you get Paid Parental Leave, even if you’ve lost your job. You could get it up until your Paid Parental Leave starts, or after it stops.

    If your partner gets Paid Parental Leave, you could still get the Income Relief Payment as long as you meet the criteria.

  • Studying

    If you’re a student, you may have been able to get the Income Relief Payment if you met the criteria for who can get it.

    You could get the Income Relief Payment at the same time as getting a Student Loan for living costs.

    If you or your partner get Student Allowance, you could get the Income Relief Payment at the same time - but only at the part-time rate of $250 per week.

    However, if you lost a full-time job (30 hours or more a week), you (and your partner) could choose to switch to the Income Relief Payment instead of your Student Allowance.

  • Self-employed

    If you were self employed, you could get the Income Relief Payment if:

    • your business is no longer viable, with no upcoming work or income, because of COVID-19, and

    If your business is still viable you may be able to get support from Inland Revenue's Small Business Cashflow Loan and the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy.

    If you have received, or you’re waiting for approval for a loan from the Small Business Cashflow Loan, you could not get the Income Relief Payment.

Who can't get it

You would not qualify for the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment if you:

  • are getting a redundancy payment of $30,000 or more, before tax
  • get or used to get private income protection insurance payments for the job you lost
  • are getting weekly earnings-related compensation from ACC or Veterans' Affairs
  • left your job for another reason - for example you:
    • resigned
    • retired
    • wound up a viable business, or
    • were dismissed (eg. for misconduct)
  • still have a job - even if you've agreed to take unpaid leave or furlough.