COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy

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The government has announced a new payment today. This payment is called the COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy. It is available nationwide to employers and self-employed people, who are impacted by the resurgence of COVID-19 and recent changes in alert levels.


  • Applications can be made from 1:00 pm on 21 August 2020
  • Applications will close on 3 September 2020
  • The payment is not restricted to the Auckland region
  • Businesses had or expect to have a revenue drop of at least 40% because of COVID-19, for a 14 day period between 12 August to 10 September, compared to a similar period last year
  • The subsidy will be paid for two weeks
  • Payment rates are $585.80 for people working 20 hours or more per week and $350.00 for people working less than 20 hours per week
  • Payment can be expected within 5 working days of applying
  • You can’t receive the Resurgence Wage Subsidy if you are already getting other COVID-19 payments

More information can be found on the Work and Income website.

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