The benefits

Explore the social security benefits we currently cover. More benefits will be added over time. 

A weekly payment to help with your living costs if you’re looking for full-time work or can’t work at the moment.
If you’re a single parent, Sole Parent Support gives you an income while you look for work or get ready for future work.
A weekly payment if you need extra support to cover the regular, ongoing costs of living with a disability.
A weekly payment to help you cover rent, board or home ownership costs.

Benefits to come

Social Security Act benefits still to add:

  • Child Disability Allowance
  • Orphans and Unsupported Child
  • Epidemic Payments
  • Funeral Grants
  • Supported Living Payment
  • Winter Energy Payment
  • Temporary Additional Support
  • Childcare Assistance
  • Youth Payment
  • Young Parent Payment

Other benefits not included yet

Some other benefits that aren't included yet are:

  • Superannuation
  • Veterans payments
  • Child Support Payments
  • Family Tax

As a last resort, you can try applying for one of the discretionary benefits below.

Emergency Benefit

Rate and eligibility are at the discretion of the Ministry of Social Development (MSD)

If a person doesn’t qualify for any other benefits and is experiencing hardship, MSD may use discretion to grant an Emergency Benefit, with the amount also at the discretion of MSD.

More about Emergency Benefit on MSD site


Special Needs Grant


Rate and eligibility are at the discretion of MSD

A one-off payment to help with an essential or emergency expense that you can’t pay any other way.

More about Special Needs Grant on MSD site


Temporary Additional Support


Rate and eligibility are at the discretion of MSD

A weekly payment for when you don’t have enough from other sources (e.g. from income or other benefits) to cover your essential living costs. You don’t have to be on a benefit to qualify for this payment. Temporary Additional Support can be paid for up to 13 weeks. If you still need it after 13 weeks, you can re-apply.

More about Temporary Additional Support on MSD site