There are two benefits paid by WINZ to parents and caregivers of disabled children that you may be entitled to:
- Child Disability Allowance
- Disability Allowance
Child Disability Allowance
The Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment made to the main caregiver of a child or young person with a serious disability. It is paid in recognition of the extra care and attention needed for that child.
You may get a Child Disability Allowance if:
- you are the main caregiver of the child (or if there is no main caregiver, you have care of the child for the time being)
- you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- the child has been assessed as needing constant care and attention for at least 12 months because of a serious disability
- the child or young person is under 18
- both you and the child normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
This payment is not affected by:
- how much you and your spouse or partner earn
- any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have
This benefit is paid from the date of application, so registration prior to the birth of your baby is suggested.
The Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability, such as visits to the doctor or hospital, medicines, extra clothing or travel.
You may get a Disability Allowance if you:
- have a disability that is likely to last at least six months
- have regular, ongoing costs because of your disability which are not fully covered by another agency
- are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.
It also depends on how much you and your spouse or partner earn.
The information provided above is a guide only. Contact WINZ to talk about your individual circumstances.