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Changes to paid parental leave payments - There will be no paid parental leave payments from 31 December to 18 January, because of the holidays. Find out more.

To get Working for Families you'll need to:

You are entitled to payments up until a child turns 18. If the child is still at school or in tertiary study when they turn 18 you can get payments until 31 December of that year. 

Residency requirements

You'll also need to meet either of these residency requirements:

  • you must be a New Zealand resident and have been in New Zealand continuously for at least 12 months at any time. You must be both a tax resident and resident in New Zealand when you apply for your payments
  • the child you're claiming for is both a New Zealand resident and present in New Zealand.

Children born in New Zealand before 1 January 2006 are residents. 

For children born in New Zealand on or after 1 January 2006 to qualify as a New Zealand resident, at least one of the parents must meet one of the following conditions:

  • the parent is a New Zealand citizen
  • the parent has permanent residency and has been in New Zealand continuously for at least 12 months since the residency was granted
  • the parent is entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue.

Children born in New Zealand up to 31 December 2005 are considered NZ residents, so the parents may apply for Working for Families for that child and will qualify from the date of birth. 

Australian citizens and residents qualify immediately if they are also a New Zealand tax resident and normally live in New Zealand. 

If you or your child are in New Zealand unlawfully, or hold only a temporary permit of visa, you are not entitled to receive Working for Families payments.

Types of Working for Families payments 

Estimate your Working for Families payments

We have a few different ways for you to work out the amount you might get. Our chart gives you a broad idea of the amount. The calculator uses the family details you supply to work out which tax credits you qualify for and an estimate of how much you could receive.

Working for Families Tax Credits chart

The chart is useful if you have a pay rise or your hours of work have dropped - you can use the chart and see if you still fall within a payment band.

Last updated: 01 Jul 2021
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