Supplementary benefits

Payment rates

Maximum payments available

Table SP.1 shows the maximum weekly rates for a selection of the most commonly paid supplementary benefits. The amounts actually received may differ from these, depending on the type of supplementary benefit, the costs to be covered and the client’s income.

table SP.1: Weekly payment rates for selected supplementary benefits (payable from 1 April 2012)

Supplementary benefit1 Status Maximum weekly payment rate2
Accommodation Supplement3 Living in North and Central Auckland $225.00
Living in other high-cost housing areas4 $165.00
Living in other main provincial centres5 $120.00
Living elsewhere in New Zealand $65.00
Training Incentive Allowance Maximum weekly rate $103.95
(Maximum per year $4,158.00)  
Disability Allowance Maximum amount $60.17
Child Disability Allowance Fixed rate $45.34
Childcare Subsidy6 Maximum amount $195.50
Unsupported Child’s Benefit
and Orphan’s Benefit (per child)
Child is aged 14 or over $199.43
Child is aged 10–13 $182.42
Child is aged 5–9 $165.31
Child is aged under 5 $142.45
Working for Families Tax Credit7,8 First child or only child 15 years or under $92.00
Second or subsequent child 0–12 years $65.00
Second or subsequent child 13–15 years $75.00
First child or only child 16 years or over $101.00
Second or subsequent child 16 years or over $92.00


  1. This is a selection of the more commonly paid types of supplementary benefit. These benefits may be received in combination with a pension or a main benefit and may also be available to low-income earners.
  2. All rates are payable from 1 April 2012.
  3. The maximum amounts of Accommodation Supplement available are subject to household circumstances and to income and asset tests. The amounts shown are payments for a family of three or more people (eg two adults and one child, one adult and two children).
  4. Includes South and West Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, Nelson, Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown.
  5. Includes Christchurch, Hamilton, Hastings, Napier, Palmerston North and Rotorua.
  6. The maximum amount shown is for the maximum number of subsidised hours (50) at the highest level of subsidy. The actual rate of subsidy received depends on the hours subsidised and income.
  7. Administered by Inland Revenue but payments to Work and Income clients may be made through Work and Income. Before Working for Families, Inland Revenue delivered Family Support to low-income families with children.
  8. Payments under this programme are not included in the information reported in this publication. See the Inland Revenue Annual Report for information on expenditure under this programme.