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Financial support is available to businesses, employers and self-employed workers. The type of support you can get depends on the circumstances.

The following support payments are all available through Work and Income.

COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment

The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available to employers for employees, and self-employed workers, who:

  • need to miss work to stay at home while waiting on a COVID-19 test result, and
  • cannot work from home.

Parents and caregivers who need to miss work to support their dependents awaiting a test result are also eligible.

Work and Income - COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment

Short-Term Absence Payment and taxes

COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available to employers for employees, and self-employed workers, who:

  • have been told to self-isolate by a doctor or health official, and
  • cannot work from home.

Parents and caregivers who need to miss work to support their dependents who have been told to self-isolate are also eligible.

Work and Income - COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy is only available if there is an escalation to Alert Levels 3 or 4 anywhere in New Zealand for 7 days or more.

The subsidy is available to businesses, employers and self-employed workers who have experienced a decline in revenue due to the restrictions of Alert Levels 3 and 4.

Work and Income – COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

COVID-19 Wage subsidy - Issues for employers

COVID-19 Wage subsidy - Issues for self-employed

Resurgence Support Payment

A Resurgence Support Payment will also be available for eligible businesses throughout New Zealand, if there's a move to Alert Level 2 or above for 7 or more consecutive days. This one-off payment is to help businesses affected by the Alert Level upgrade with fixed costs.

Resurgence Support Payment (RSP)