Disability Allowance is a weekly payment from Work and Income for people who have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability.
What is a disability
A disability is an impairment — physical, intellectual or sensory — that lasts for more than 6 months and limits your ability to carry out day-to-day activities. This can include psychiatric illness.
The Human Rights Act has a full definition in section 21(1)(h).
Find out about the allowance
If you or a family member has a disability that is likely to continue for at least 6 months, Work and Income may be able to help with costs such as ongoing visits to the doctor, medicines, medical alarms, medical alert bracelets, and travel.
You do not have to be on a benefit to qualify for a Disability Allowance.
Find out what you can get, if you can get it, how to apply, and how to let Work and Income know if your costs change.
Talk to your doctor
With your application, you must submit:
- proof of your health-related costs
- a Disability Certificate that has been completed by your doctor.
It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about what you need before you apply for the Disability Allowance. Work and Income can only help with the costs your doctor includes on your Disability Certificate.
Contact Work and Income
You can apply online, or talk with someone from Work and Income by phone, in person, or at one of their service centres.