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Disability Allowance

The Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people of all ages who have a disability or ongoing health condition and need help with the additional costs directly associated with that condition.

You may get a Disability Allowance if you:
  • Have a disability that is like to last at least six months 
  • Have regular, ongoing cost because of your disability that are not fully covered by another agency
  • Are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Normal live in New Zealand and intend to stay here

There is an income and asset test. It will depend on how much you and your partner earn.

You can apply on behalf of a child if they are aged 18 years or under and financially dependent on the person who is making the application.
You may be able to get both the Disability Allowance and the Child Disability Allowance for the same child.  You can't get a Disability Allowance if you get Board Payments from Child, Youth and Family for the child.

Allowable costs that the Disability Allowance may be paid for, specifically relating to Coeliac Disease, is medical fees and special foods - along with a list of other costs that may be applicable. Please contact WINZ for more information on this.

Visit the WINZ website for more information and to apply.


Child Disability Allowance

Child Disability Allowance is a non-taxable payment made to the main carer of a child or young person who has a serious disability and needs constant care and attention. The allowance is paid in recognition of the extra care provided for that child. It is not paid to cover any ongoing additional costs associated with the child or young person's particular disability (i.e. not for food costs). Child Disability Allowance is paid at a set amount, regardless of the child or young person's particular disability. It is not income or asset tested.

You can be eligible for both of the above allowances, if you meet the qualifying criteria.

For further information, click below to view the WINZ information brochure on the Disability Allowance and Child Disability Allowance:


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