Want to work when you get Supported Living Payment

If you're getting a Supported Living Payment from us, you don't have to look for work, but if you do want to, we can help. We know that many disabled people and people with health conditions are keen to work with the right support. You may also want to do some work from home if you're a full-time carer.

What happens to payments if you work

You can get up to $8,320 a year (before tax) before your benefit is affected. If you have a partner, that $8,320 applies to your combined earnings. However, any income you get that's not from Work and Income may affect extra financial help you receive from us.

If you're totally blind we won't make any deductions for any extra income you earn.

  • Financial help if you work

    Opt in

    If you get Supported Living Payment and want to get a job, do some training, or study, our Opt In programme can help you.

    Finding or starting work - help with costs

    We may be able to pay for things you need to find or start a job, such as clothes for work or a job interview, travel, living expenses until your first pay, or other things.

    Work bonus

    An incentive payment if you choose to work even though you don't have to. We'll talk to you about this support when you tell us you've found work.

  • Studying while on Supported Living Payment

    You're able to study while receiving Supported Living Payment.


If you want more information call us to discuss your options.