COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme application for self-employed people

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 must self-isolate due to COVID-19 and can't work from home. Read the full details of who can get the Leave Support Scheme.

Before you apply, make sure:

  • you meet the eligibility criteria set out in the declaration
  • you can't work from home
  • you've checked the criteria on the 'Who can get the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme' page and you're eligible for this payment
  • your business details match those held by Inland Revenue, especially your IRD number
  • you've read the declaration and understand your obligations for this payment
  • you know whether you usually work 20 hours or more a week, or less than 20 hours a week (this is your "employment type")
  • you’ve prepared and retained evidence to support your application that shows you must self-isolate for at least four consecutive days. An example of evidence could be communications to customers advising them you needed to self-isolate and couldn’t operate your business at that time. We may ask to see this evidence.

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

  • personal or business IRD number
  • employment type (whether you usually work 20 hours or more a week, or less than 20 hours a week)
  • IRD customer name (this is your name, not your business trade name)
  • business address
  • contact name, email address and mobile number
  • bank account number
  • New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) if you have one - this is optional.