Skip to main content

Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance is a weekly payment from Work and Income for people who have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability.

Note: If your disability is the result of an accident, your care is covered by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

ACC — Making a claim

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).

Human Rights Act 1993 section 21

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.

Disability Allowance — Work and Income

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.

Utility links and page information

Was this page helpful?
Thanks, do you want to tell us more?

Do not enter personal information. All fields are optional.

Last updated