Financial help to move into work

Access to money to help you start work.

Transition to Work Grant

Ministry of Social Development

You may be able to get help from Work and Income to pay for things you need to find or start a job.

About What it's about

Work and Income may be able to help you pay for things such as clothing for work, tools, living expenses until your first pay, or travel to work.

Who Who it's for

Anyone over 16 years who’s looking for or starting work. There are other criteria you need to meet as well – these are outlined on the Work and Income website.

Offers What it offers

Up to $1,500 for costs such as relocating for work, clothing and transport for a job interview, tools or clothing for work, and other costs.

$5K to Work

Ministry of Social Development

A payment from Work and Income if you qualify for a benefit and need to move to a different region to start your new job.

About What it's about

Helps to cover the cost of moving to start a new job.

Who Who it's for

People who qualify for a benefit, have an offer for a job longer than 91 days, and need to move to a different region. There are also other criteria - these are outlined on the Work and Income website.

Offers What it offers

A $5,000 lump sum payment, which is not taxed.

Flexi-wage

Ministry of Social Development

If you need support or training to get the skills you need for a job, Flexi-wage may be able to help.

About What it's about

Flexi-wage is an employment programme that helps job seekers get the skills they need to meet the requirements of a job.

Flexi-wage support can include training and in-work support (such as pastoral care) as well as a contribution to wages. The job must continue after the Flexi-wage has finished.

Who Who it's for

You may be able to get Flexi-wage if you’re:

  • at risk of long-term unemployment, including if you’re on a benefit

and/or

  • disadvantaged in the labour market (this means you have, or are expected to have, difficulty getting or keeping a job). You don’t need to be on a benefit.

Offers What it offers

Work and Income may be able to support you with training or in-work support (such as pastoral care) and by paying your employer a contribution to your wages until you have the skills you need to do the job.

Work and Income will talk to your employer about what help you may need and how it can help them pay for it.  

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