Financial help for raising a family

Financial help for raising a family

Information on some of the financial support that may be available to you when raising your family.

Key points to remember about financial support for families

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Visit the Work and Income NZ 'Check what you might get' guide.
  • there is a range of financial support for families
  • the support varies depending on your situation
  • make sure you check you're receiving all the financial support you're entitled to

Can I get Paid Parental Leave?

This is a payment for working mothers while they take parental leave. For information about who can get this and how much you can claim, call Employment New Zealand on 0800 20 90 20 or see information about Paid Parental Leave, on the Employment NZ website.

Parental Leave: Transcript.

The Inland Revenue website also has information about Paid Parental Leave.

Can I get any money from Working for Families?

Working for Families is a package which pays extra money to many NZ families working and raising children.

4 different types of payments - Working for Families Tax Credits

  • best start tax credit
  • family tax credit
  • in-work tax credit
  • minimum family tax credit

You may be able to receive one or more of these - it depends on your situation. 

What are Working for Families Tax Credits?

What are Working for Families Tax Credits: transcript.

Check if you qualify for Best Start Tax Credit

Check if you qualify for Best Start Tax Credit: Transcript.

Guide to hassle-free Working for Families Tax Credits

Guide to hassle-free Working for Families Tax Credits: Transcript.

What extra financial support can I get when I receive a benefit from Work and Income?

Check the information about benefits and payments at the Work and Income NZ website to make sure you're getting the help you're entitled to. You can also use the 'Check what you might get' guide at the Work and Income NZ website. 

What help can I get for childcare costs?

Work and Income may be able to give you help towards childcare costs - it depends on your circumstances and how much you and your partner earn. Check the Work and Income NZ website for information about childcare and the options available.

Different kinds of support for childcare costs

Can I get Home Help?

You may be able to get Home Help to help with costs if:

  • you've had a multiple birth, or
  • you have a domestic emergency, or
  • you need help with things like laundry, housework, cooking or childcare

For more information, check the information about Home Help at the Work and Income NZ website.

Can I get a Community Services Card?

The Community Services Card can help you and your family with the costs of healthcare. You'll pay less for some health services and prescriptions. If you have not received one, and think you should have, please phone Work and Income on 0800 999 999.

You can also visit the Work and Income NZ website for information about the Community Services Card

What is Child Support?

This is financial support paid by a parent not living with their child or who share care of their children with another person. See the Inland Revenue website for information about Child Support, or call 0800 221 221.

What is the 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. Check the work and income website to see if you qualify.

What is the Orphan's Benefit?

Orphan’s Benefit is a weekly payment which helps carers supporting a child or young person whose parents have died or can't be found, or can’t look after them because they have a long-term health condition or incapacity. Check the work and income website for more information.

What other help may I be able to get from Work and Income NZ?

Work and Income NZ has a wide range of financial help available to people on a benefit or working in a variety of circumstances. If you have costs that you can't meet on your own, contact Work and Income on 0800 559 009. Or, visit the Work and Income NZ 'Check what you might get' guide and check information about extra help at the Work and Income NZ website.

What if my child has a disability or chronic condition?

Financial support may be available because of your child's special needs. See Financial help when your child has a disability or chronic condition.

This page last reviewed 11 June 2019.
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