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.
Apprenticeship Support Programme
Get help to retain and bring on new apprentices.
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.
Check out what you need to do when you're getting a benefit or other payment from us.
Address, contact details, overseas travel, childcare, relationship or anything else that’s changed.
Declare income, wages deduction calculator and tables
Change in your childcare situation, continue childcare payments, cohort entry schools and other childcare information
Re-apply for Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support, Temporary Additional Support and more
Check or stop your payments, payment cards and other information
Check your debt, repayments and other debt information
Rights and responsibilities
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.
Living in your home
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.
Unsupported Child's Benefit
Unsupported Child's Benefit is a weekly payment which helps carers supporting a child or young person whose parents can't care for them because of a family breakdown.
Who can get it
You may be able to get the Unsupported Child's Benefit if the child or young person you care for is:
- 18 years old or younger
- financially dependent on you
- not able to be cared for by their parents.
- be 18 or older and the main carer of the child or young person
- have primary responsibility for the day-to-day care of the child
- be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- not be the child or young person's natural or adoptive parent or step-parent.
You and the child or young person must normally live in New Zealand.
You'll need to apply for Child Support from the child's parents. This money goes to the government to help cover what we pay you. You'll also need to attend a Family Meeting (if you haven't already had a Family Group Conference) to confirm that there has been a family breakdown and that you'll be the main caregiver for a period of time.
This benefit is not based on your income or any money the child gets from working after school or in the holidays. But other income the child gets, eg from a family trust, ACC, investments or their parents' estate, could affect whether you qualify and the amount you can get.
If you're working and are granted the Unsupported Childs Benefit, you may also qualify for the In-work tax credit from Inland Revenue
You won't be able to get the Unsupported Child's Benefit at the same time as Board payments from Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children or Working for Families Tax Credits from Inland Revenue (except In-work tax credit) for the same child.
When you apply for an Unsupported Child's Benefit for a child, the parent/caregiver will be invited to discuss the situation. There are some circumstances where this won't happen, for example, when a recent Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children Group Conference has been held.
Child is 16 or 17
How much you can get
How much you get depends on how old the child is and any income they have.
You will also be able to get a Clothing Allowance. This is paid automatically when you get an Unsupported Child's Benefit.
How to apply
Call us to talk about your circumstances and we'll explain how to apply, and what documents you'll need to provide.
You'll usually need to provide:
- a full birth certificate for the child
- a copy of the custody or guardianship agreement
- details about the child's income
- Family Group Conference Outcomes, Court Orders or Court Approved Plans
- names, addresses and phone numbers of the child's parents and their places of work.
If you don't have these documents or find it hard to get these, please call us.
How long do I have to complete my application?
You have 20 working days from when you first contacted us. If we ask for any supporting documents, you'll need to provide them within this time.
If you can't complete your application within 20 working days for any reason, please let us know when you talk with us.
When do payments start?
If your application is approved, you'll usually receive your first payment two to four weeks from the date you apply or start looking after the child (whichever is later). You'll need to apply as soon as you become the child's main caregiver as we can't backdate payments.
If you get the Unsupported Child's Benefit or Orphan's Benefit you may be able to get help with other expenses.
You automatically get these two payments each year if you already get Unsupported Child's Benefit or Orphan's Benefit for a child in your care. Use these payments to celebrate important events in the child’s life, like their birthday or Christmas.
This information is a guide only.
Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.