Job

Help with job search and costs if you're disabled, injured or have a health condition

It can be hard to get a job if you have a health condition or disability. You can get extra help with your job search.

 

Help with careers and finding a job

Work can improve your life and give you independence. When it's right for you and your family, we can help you find part-time or full-time work, get training, or become self-employed.

 

Help with job search

Mainstream programmes

If you have a disability or health condition, including a mental health condition or neurodiversity, and you want to work, you can apply to join one of our Mainstream programmes. The programmes can help you get into paid work and support you towards getting a long-term job.

Employment service for people with a disability or health condition

If you have a disability or health condition, including a mental health condition or neurodiversity, you can get one-on-one help to find work, support during your first year of employment, and as needed while you're in employment.

Employment service for secondary school students

Employment Service in Schools is for secondary school students who have a disability or health condition, including mental health condition or neurodiversity. This pilot service helps the students, their family or whānau, and school plan for their future and explore job and career opportunities.

 

Help if you work

Finding or starting work – help with costs

We may be able to pay for things you need to find or start a job.

Job Support

Job Support is a payment which makes it easier for disabled people, or people with a health condition, to get work or stay in work. You can also get Job Support funding if you're self-employed.

Modification Grant

Funding for workplace changes or equipment if you're disabled which make it easier for you to stay in or get work.

Car Modification Funding

Funding if you need to modify your car because you're disabled.

Employment Transition Assistance

If you've completed a Supported Living Payment Employment Trial, you may get an extra payment.

Work Bonus

An incentive payment if you choose to work, even though you don't have to. We'll talk to you about this support when you tell us you've found work.

 

What happens to my benefit payments

If you get a benefit or payment from us you probably have to tell us if you, or your partner, get any extra income. But it depends on the benefits you get.

Find out if you need to declare income

Income deduction tables

 

Want to work when you get Supported Living Payment

If you're getting a Supported Living Payment from us, you don't have to look for work, but if you do want to, we can help. We know that many disabled people and people with health conditions are keen to work with the right support. You may also want to do some work from home if you're a full-time carer.

 

What happens to payments if you work

You can get up to $8,320 a year (before tax) before your benefit is affected. If you have a partner, that $8,320 applies to your combined earnings. However, any income you get that's not from Work and Income may affect extra financial help you receive from us.

If you're totally blind we won't make any deductions for any extra income you earn.

 

Financial help if you work

Finding or starting work - help with costs

We may be able to pay for things you need to find or start a job, such as clothes for work or a job interview, travel, living expenses until your first pay, or other things.

Finding or starting work – help with costs

Work bonus

An incentive payment if you choose to work even though you don't have to. We'll talk to you about this support when you tell us you've found work.

Work Bonus

Studying while on Supported Living Payment

You're able to study while receiving Supported Living Payment.

 

Employment service for people with a disability or health condition

If you have a disability or health condition, including a mental health condition or neurodiversity, you can get one-on-one help to find work, support during your first year of employment, and as needed while you're in employment.

We have contracted experienced Employment Service providers who can work with you to prepare you for work, and help you find an ongoing job. The provider will also support you while you're in work.

Our providers are experts in preparing people for work and finding job opportunities. They specialise in helping people who have a disability, health condition, mental health condition, or are neurodiverse move into work.

 

Who can get it

You can use Employment Service if:

  • you have a disability or health condition, including a mental health condition or neurodiversity, and this is likely to continue for six months or more, and
  • your disability or health condition affects your ability to find work, and
  • you're ready to go into work, and
  • you're currently living in New Zealand, and
  • you're a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident, and
  • you're aged between 16 and 64, and
  • you've left school.

You don't need to be getting a benefit to use Employment Service.

 

What you can get

Employment Service providers can help with:

  • career planning
  • preparation for employment, eg. help writing a CV, techniques for interviews, etc.
  • job searching and matching
  • employment placement
  • negotiations of any flexible working arrangements
  • talking with your employer about how they can best support you while you're working.

Once you're in work, they can provide ongoing support to you and, if needed, your employer, for up to one year.

 

How to apply

You’ll need to contact an Employment Service provider. If you’re getting a benefit from us, you may already have an Employment Service provider. If you don’t already have a provider, you can choose from a list of providers in your area:

Our Employment Service providers

Your provider will let you know how they'll work with you and help you develop a plan for your employment future.

 

Employment service for secondary school students with a disability or health condition

Employment Service in Schools is for secondary school students who have a disability or health condition, including mental health condition or neurodiversity. This pilot service helps the students, their family or whānau, and school plan for their future and explore job and career opportunities.

Working with the Ministry of Education, we have contracted providers in Otago-Southland, Canterbury, Wellington, Waikato, and parts of Auckland. These providers are experts in preparing people for work and finding job opportunities. Their focus is on preparing students for employment through skill development and work experience or job trials.

This service is a pilot and will be available until 30 June 2022. After that, we'll review the service to see how it's going, check if we need to change things, or offer this in more locations.

 

Who can take part

You can take part in Employment Service in Schools if you:

  • have a disability or health condition, including a mental health condition or neurodiversity, which:
    • is likely to continue for six months or more, and
    • may mean you have trouble getting into or finding work

and you are:

  • a student aged 14 to 21 enrolled in secondary school or kura kaupapa Māori in New Zealand, and you plan to leave school in the next two years, and
  • living in Otago-Southland, Canterbury, Wellington, Waikato, or parts of Auckland, and
  • a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.

You don't need to be getting a benefit to use Employment Service in Schools.

You won't be able to take part in the service if you:

  • can get funding from ACC to transition from school, or
  • are currently getting funding from us through Transition Services.

If you're already getting help through our Transition Service, and would like to move to Employment Service in Schools, please email us at Employment_Service_in_Schools@msd.govt.nz.

If you're not living in an area with Employment Service in Schools

We'd like to hear from you so we know where else people would like this service. You can email us at Employment_Service_in_Schools@msd.govt.nz and tell us where in New Zealand you are. There's also information about other support available at the bottom of this page.

 

What you can get

With Employment Service in Schools, you’ll work with a provider in your area to get ready for when you leave school and go into a job or training for a job. Our providers are experts in preparing people for work and finding job opportunities.

You'll get help with things like:

  • identifying what types of jobs you could do when you leave school
  • finding information to help you make decisions
  • finding out what job of type of work you would like
  • creating your CV
  • getting ready for interviews
  • work experience
  • getting a part-time job while you're at school.

Our providers specialise in helping people who have a disability or health condition, including a mental health condition or neurodiversity. They'll work with you, your family or whānau, school and other networks to help you plan your future.

This service is available until 30 June 2022.

 

What you can get

With Employment Service in Schools, you’ll work with a provider in your area to get ready for when you leave school and go into a job or training for a job. Our providers are experts in preparing people for work and finding job opportunities.

You'll get help with things like:

  • identifying what types of jobs you could do when you leave school
  • finding information to help you make decisions
  • finding out what job of type of work you would like
  • creating your CV
  • getting ready for interviews
  • work experience
  • getting a part-time job while you're at school.

Our providers specialise in helping people who have a disability or health condition, including a mental health condition or neurodiversity. They'll work with you, your family or whānau, school and other networks to help you plan your future.

This service is available until 30 June 2022.

 

Providers you can choose from:

Location Provider name Contact details
Auckland APM workcare Mateara Pauka - mateara.pauka@apmworkcare.co.nz

Hayleer King - hayleer.king@apmworkcare.co.nz

Autism New Zealand Karen Lonergan - Karen.lonergan@autismnz.org.nz
Pasifika Consulting Sosefo Sime - sime@pasifikaconsulting.co.nz
Transitioning Out Aotearoa Annemarie Stade - Annemarie.stade@toa.org.nz
Waikato Career Moves Trust Mark Smith - Mark@careermoves.org.nz
Enrich+ David Ireland - David.Ireland@enrichplus.org.nz

Lisa Spyve - lisa.spyve@enrichplus.org.nz

Wellington APM Workcare Renee Leishman - Renee.leishman@apmworkcare.co.nz
Habit Health Jo Cumming - Jo.Cumming@habit.co.nz
Horowhenua Learning Centre Jo Robinson - jo@hlc.ac.nz
Canterbury Catapult Employment Services Vicky Braid - Vickybraid@ces.org.nz
Choices New Zealand Toni Griffiths - Toni.Griffiths@choicesnz.org.nz
Otago - Southland APM Workcare Allan Baird - Allan.Baird@apmworkcare.co.nz
CCS Disability Action Tony Kahukura - Tony.Kahukura@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz
Choices New Zealand Tracey Saunders - tracey.saunders@choicesnz.org.nz

 

What happens next

We'll process your application, this usually takes 2-3 working days. Your provider will tell you if your application is accepted or not.

If your application is accepted, your provider will contact you to organise a meeting. This will be with you and your parents or whānau. You'll work together to find out what kind of employment future you'd like, and what needs to happen for this.

You'll get Employment Service in Schools until you leave school or when the pilot ends (30 June 2022), even if you start a job while you're still at school.

 

Other support available

There’s other support available if you’re not able to get Employment Service in Schools, or if you were getting this and it’s now finished.

You can contact your school about these:

  • Transition Service, for students who are verified on the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) and are in their last year of school.
  • Enabling Good Lives, a partnership between the disability sector and government agencies aimed at long term transformation of how disabled people and families are supported to live everyday lives.
  • Mana Whaikaha, a prototype of a transformed disability support system which is funded by the New Zealand Government, through the Ministry of Health.
  • Vocational support through your school, such as career support, Gateway or Vocational Pathways.
  • Funding for students with very high needs, who are verified on the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme, and are leaving school.

We may also be able to help you with:

 

Training Support funding

Training Support is funding if you have a health condition or disability and want to do training, courses, work experience or other activities that make it easier for you to get, or stay in work.

Information

You can't get Training Support if you're getting weekly compensation (ACC payments).

 

Who can get Training Support funding

You may get Training Support if you:

  • have a health condition or disability that is likely to last for more than six months
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • aren't getting support from ACC or the Ministry of Health
  • normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.

This information is a guide only. Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.

 

What it can be used for

Training Support grants and subsidies can help you with extra costs such as:

  • getting training and education
  • gaining work experience
  • having a support person during a training course
  • special equipment needed because of your disability or health condition
  • additional costs of transport or parking.

It doesn't include any cost the training provider has to legally provide.

 

How much you can get

This depends on your circumstances.

For more information go to:

Training Support funding

 

How to apply for Training Support funding

Workbridge run Training Support through its New Zealand Support Funds website. For details about how to apply and to download an application form, go to their Training Support funds website page.

The application forms are also in Workbridge centres, or you can get in touch with them to ask for an application form or talk about applying.

Training Support funding

Training Support fund contacts

 

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