$5k to Work

You may be able to get $5k to Work if you qualify for a benefit and need to move to take up a job.


You'll have to pay the money back if you leave your job without a good reason and then re-apply for a benefit or return to study within 3 months of starting your job.

Who can get it

To get $5k to Work, you have to:

  • either:
    • qualify for a main benefit (eg, Jobseeker Support), or
    • be the partner of someone who qualifies for a main benefit
  • have a confirmed job offer, with a permanent or fixed-term contract (not a casual contract), that's either:
    • at least 30 hours a week, or
    • less than 30 hours a week where it is reasonable and appropriate (eg, you can support yourself with this job if you're not on a benefit)
  • have a confirmed job offer that's:
    • longer than 91 days, and
    • starting within 28 days from when you apply for $5k to Work
  • be moving to take up the job.

What you can get

You'll get a lump sum payment of $5,000 which is not taxed. This is to help with the costs of moving to take up your new job.

How to apply

1. Complete the application form

Once you have a confirmed, full-time job offer, complete the $5K to Work paper application form.

2. Call us

You need to call us on 0800 559 009

We'll talk with you to understand your situation and how we can help.

3. Provide documents

You'll need to provide a copy of your confirmed job offer (eg, an employment contract or a letter from your employer) that shows the:

  • start date for the role
  • number of hours
  • duration of the contract.

Well let you know how to get these documents to us.

What happens next

We'll contact your employer to confirm your employment.

If your application's approved, we'll pay the money into your bank account.