COVID-19 Income Relief Payment

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Have you lost your job (including self-employment) due to COVID-19? From June 8 2020 you can apply for the Income Relief Payment if you’re eligible.

If you lose your job (including self-employment) from 1 March 2020 to 30 October 2020 due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment.

The Income Relief Payment is paid for up to 12 weeks while you don’t have a job.

You can get:

  • $490 per week if you were previously working 30 hours or more a week
  • $250 per week if you were previously working 15 hours to 29 hours a week

While you’re getting the Income Relief Payment, you may also be able to get help with some of your living costs or urgent costs. It depends on your situation and income.

Applications can be made online from the 8 June and details can be found here.

For people who have lost their job already, other support payments from work and income may be available.

While you are receiving the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment, you should be actively looking for work. Work and Income are able to help with the job search, find out more on their website.

Disclaimer: Please note this information is up to date in accordance with the posting date and time of this particular blog article. Any further updates released by the government and its associated ministries can be found on https://covid19.govt.nz .

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