Course Participation Assistance helps clients to pay the costs of participating in employment-related training.
The courses or programmes attracting this assistance are generally less than 12 weeks long. Course Participation Assistance can only be considered for longer courses when the courses do not qualify for Student Loans or Student Allowances.
Course Participation Assistance may be paid to cover:
Course Participation Assistance was introduced on 1 April 2007.
To receive Course Participation Assistance, a client must:
The following factors are also taken into account:
The course or programme the client is attending must be:
Income and asset tests apply.
The income and asset limits for receiving Course Participation Assistance are shown in table CP.1.
table CP.1: Income and asset limits for Course Participation Assistance (applicable from 1 April 2012)
|Client status1||Income limit2||Asset limit|
|Single, 16–17 years||$468.23||$1,025.11|
|Single, 18 years or over||$538.15||$1,025.11|
|Married, with or without children||$781.62||$1,708.10|
|Sole parent, one child||$653.01||$1,708.11|
|Sole parent, two or more children||$687.98||$1,708.11|
Maximum assistance levels have been set for each of the costs covered by Course Participation Assistance. These maximum payments are shown in table CP.2.
table CP.2: Maximum payments of Course Participation Assistance (available from 1 April 2012)
|Tuition and enrolment fees (per course)||$200.00|
|Transport costs (per week)2||$60.00|
|Caring costs (per week)2,3||$80.00|
The number of clients receiving Course Participation Assistance remained relatively flat between 2010/2011 and 2011/2012
This pattern (see table CP.3) followed an increase between 2007/2008 and 2010/2011. This pattern reflected a combination of:
Three in five recipients of this assistance were receiving an Unemployment Benefit
Sixty-one percent of those receiving Course Participation Assistance in 2011/2012 were receiving an Unemployment Benefit (see table CP.3). This compared to 67% in 2009/2010. There was a corresponding increase in the proportion of recipients being paid an ‘other main benefit’.
These changes reflected patterns in the receipt of main benefits.
table CP.3: Financial assistance paid to clients receiving a payment of
Course Participation Assistance
|Financial assistance paid when Course Participation Assistance received||Number of payments of Course Participation Assistance1|
|Domestic Purposes Benefits||776||773||906||1,373||1,337|
|Other main benefits2||495||807||823||822||1,325|
|New Zealand Superannuation or |
|None of the above assistance3||0||0||0||0||84|
Course Participation Assistance payments became less likely to be for fees
Fifty-two percent of the Course Participation Assistance payments in 2011/2012 were for fees (see table CP.4). This compares with 69% in 2009/2010. There was a corresponding increase in the proportion of payments for transport (from 30% to 47%).
Since the introduction of Course Participation Assistance in 2007/2008, caring costs have accounted for a very small proportion of assistance payments.
table CP.4: Reasons for payments of Course Participation Assistance
|Reason for payment||Number of payments of Course Participation Assistance1|