COVID-19: Financial support for businesses

A summary of the financial support available to help you, your business and employees through the response to COVID-19.

COVID-19: Financial support for businesses

There are various COVID-19 financial support schemes available to businesses, depending on your situation. Learn more about each type of support and where you can find more information.

On this page:

Short-Term Absence Payment

The Short-Term Absence Payment is available to employers to pay workers who follow public health guidance and stay home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result.  It’s also available to eligible self-employed workers. To be eligible, workers need to be unable to work from home and need to miss work while waiting for their test results.

How much

There’s a one-off payment of $359 payment for each eligible worker. Employers or the self-employed can apply for any worker once in any 30-day period, unless a health official or doctor tells the worker to get another test.

How to apply

You can apply on the Work and Income website.

More information and how to apply(external link) — Work and Income

Leave Support Scheme

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available to employers to help pay employees who have been advised to self-isolate because of COVID-19 and can’t work from home. It’s also available to eligible self-employed workers.

How much

  • $600 per week for full-time workers and $359 per week for part-time workers.

How to apply

You can apply on the Work and Income website.

How to apply for the Leave Support Scheme(external link) — Work and Income

Leave Support Scheme(external link) — Work and Income

Source: Business.govt.nz/covid-19/financial-support-for-businesses/

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