The Government introduced the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment to provide financial support to people who lost their job or business due to the impacts of COVID-19.
The Wage Subsidy Scheme was developed to help businesses and affected workers in the short-term as they adjust to the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It supports employers and their staff
To support essential workers, the scheme subsides eligible businesses, and allows them to pay those workers who need to take leave owing to the COVID-19 Public Health guidance.
Funding for OSCAR services has beeen improved and increased to allow parents to gain and maintain meaningful employment or undertake further education and training, while supporting children’s well
This initiative supports people with disabilities and health conditions to find and stay in meaningful employment, increase their knowledge and skills, and improve their health and wider wellbeing.
Between October and November 2019, public input was sought on a discussion document on the design of the Fair Pay Agreement system, in response to the Working Group Report.
In 2018 Government introduced the Equal Pay Amendment Bill, aimed at improving the process for raising and progressing pay equity claims, and eliminating and preventing discrimination in the remune
Increase to Working for Families: Family Tax Credit payment rates have increased, particularly for children under 15 years.
The Government's vision is for a welfare system that ensures people have an adequate income and standard of living, are treated with respect and can live in dignity, and are able to participate mea
Benefit levels have declined as a proportion of average wages over time, meaning the gap between the living standards of beneficiaries and other New Zealanders has grown.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, main benefits were increased by $25 per week from 1 April 2020. These increases were in addition to those already agreed as part of the 2020 Annual General Ad
Government has removed the sanction under section 192 of the Social Security Act 2018 (previously S70A). Previously, if a sole parent did not identify the other parent of the child and applies for