COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme application for employers

Before you apply for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme, we need you to check a few things.


The Leave Support Scheme is for businesses with employees who've been told to self-isolate and can't work from home. Read the full details of who can get the Leave Support Scheme.

Before you apply, make sure:

  • the employees you're applying for meet the health criteria set out in the declaration.
  • these employees cannot work from home.
  • you've checked the criteria on the 'Who can get the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme' page and your business and your employees meet the criteria.
  • your business details match those held by Inland Revenue, especially your IRD number.
  • you're not currently getting a Leave Support Scheme payment, a COVID-19 wage subsidy, or the Short-Term Absence Payment for any of these employees.
  • you've read the declaration and understand your obligations for this payment.
  • you know whether your employees are working 20 hours or more a week, or less than 20 hours a week (this is their "employment type").
  • the information for your employees is correct, you've told your employees you're applying for them, and you have their consent to share their information.

When you apply you'll need to give us your:

  • business IRD number (this could include your partnership IRD number or company IRD number)
  • IRD customer name (this is the name that's linked to your business IRD number)
  • New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) if you have one - this is optional
  • business address
  • contact name, email address and mobile number
  • bank account number
  • employee details (include full-time and part-time employees in the same application):
    • name
    • date of birth
    • IRD number
    • employment type (whether they're working 20 hours or more a week, or less than 20 hours a week).