Government support

There are several different types of benefits that you may be entitled to if you are unable to work due to illness.

Download our guide to Government financial support for more information about the types of benefits available and a step by step guide to applying for a benefit through Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).

Please note that this document is a guide only. Some benefits are income tested and due to the different circumstances of each individual, the financial assistance you qualify for may differ. To find out which benefit may be available to you, you can complete an eligibility test online before you submit an application. Alternatively, you can phone WINZ speak to a case worker.

Useful contacts and resources

If you have any questions about benefits and entitlements, visit the Work and Income website for more information or ring their Contact Centre (0800 559 009).