Benefits and payments homepage
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
Fixing issues with Accommodation Supplement, Special Benefit and other payments we’ve made
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
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.
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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.
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Check out what you need to do when you're getting a benefit or other payment from us.
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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.
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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.
Modifications to your workplace
Your employee may be able to get help to pay for equipment or changes to their work space due to their disability or health condition. This is paid through Job Support Funds.
Who can get it
Your employee may get funding for workplace modifications or equipment through Job Support Funds if they:
- have a disability or a health condition that is likely to last for more than 6 months
- are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- aren't getting support from ACC or the Ministry of Health
- normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
- are aged 16 to 65 years old.
You or your business must also have:
- checked for alternative funding options, eg through the Ministry of Health or ACC
- sought professional advice, if necessary, e.g. from either a:
- occupational therapist
- disability agency advisor
- support professional.
What you can get
The most your employee can apply for is up to $10,000, including GST, in a 52 week period. It can pay for things like:
- visual aids.
It can't pay for:
- work experience
- temporary employment
- modifications or equipment that you would need to provide if your employee wasn't disabled
- modifications to a building where you already have a legal obligation to provide access for disabled people, e.g. in new buildings or where the building is undergoing renovations
- items for personal mobility only.
The application process
Your employee must apply for Job Support Funds. They can find more information and the application form on the Job and Training Support Funds page:
What happens next
Once your employee has applied for Job Support Funds, you'll:
- be contacted to arrange for someone to come and assess your workplace
- be given an application form to complete
- need to get a quote for the modifications or equipment your employee needs (if your quote is for more than $1,500, then you'll need to get 3 quotes).
What you need to do:
- Email your completed application form to us at support_Funds@msd.govt.nz
- Arrange access to your workplace for assessments, if required
- Get quotes for the modifications or equipment, and email these to support_Funds@msd.govt.nz
After this has been done we will contact you and your employee. We'll let you know if your application has been approved, and if you start the modifications or buy the equipment.