Work and Income
Work and Income may be able to help with living costs if you are caring for a disabled person.
You will need to meet certain criteria to get support, and you will have to provide evidence such as medical certificates for the person you are caring for.
Supported Living Payment
The Supported Living Payment is for people who are caring for a disabled person (other than their spouse or partner) who would otherwise need to be cared for in a hospital, rest home or residential care.
Child Disability Allowance
The Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment made to the main carer of a child who has a serious disability or illness that requires ongoing care and attention.
The Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability, such as visits to the doctor or hospital, medicines, food expenses, extra clothing or travel.
Working for Families
Working for Families provides tax credits, as well as other support, for families depending on their circumstances. It is administered by Work and Income and Inland Revenue. Visit the Working for Families website for more information.
The Accommodation Supplement is a weekly payment which helps people with their rent, board or the cost of owning a home. You may be eligible depending on your income, assets and your accommodation costs.
Community Services Card
The Community Services Card can help with the costs of health care so you pay less on some health services and prescriptions.
Work and Income can provide childcare assistance to help cover the cost of care for pre-schoolers and out-of-school care for school-age children.
Emergency or unforeseen costs
If you have an unexpected expense and don’t know how you will cover the cost, Work and Income may be able to help – even if you’re not receiving a benefit. They may be able to help with things like food, power bills, unexpected house or car repairs, dental treatment or bereavement costs. You will need to talk with them about your circumstances to see if they can help.
Recoverable Assistance Payment Grant
A Recoverable Assistance Payment can be used to pay for things like appliances, school uniforms, or rent arrears when you have no other way of covering the cost. You will need to pay the grant back, but you can pay in instalments.
Special Needs Grant
A Special Needs Grant is a payment to help people in certain circumstances pay for something when they have no other way of paying for it. You don’t usually have to pay them back either.
Temporary Additional Support
Temporary Additional Support is a weekly payment which helps someone who can’t meet their essential living costs from what they earn or from other sources.
The Emergency Benefit is assistance that may be paid to people who cannot support themselves and who do not qualify for any other payments.