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Benefit fact sheets

The Benefit Fact Sheets provide a high-level view of trends in benefit receipt.

The Benefit Fact Sheets provide breakdowns of overall numbers, where appropriate, by:

  • benefit sub-categories
  • gender
  • broad age groups
  • ethnicity
  • continuous duration on any benefit
  • presence of dependent children
  • broad categories of incapacity.

It should be noted that trends in numbers receiving benefits are more reliably shown by comparisons between the same quarter 12 months apart, rather than by comparisons across consecutive quarters. This is due to seasonal changes which affect benefit numbers.

Latest benefit fact sheets release

Benefit Fact Sheets A4 Snapshot

The following A4 snapshot contains a summary of benefit, supplementary and hardship trends over the last five years.

High-level overview A3 Dashboard

The following A3 dashboard contains a high-level overview of benefit receipt as at 30 June 2019.


The following pages provide summaries of key numbers for benefit receipt by client group.

Excel tables

The following Excel tables provide a view of benefit use at a national level, by Work and Income regions, by Regional Councils, by Auckland Boards, by Territorial Authority areas and by Service Centres.

CSV data tables

The following page provides detailed benefit numbers in a machine readable format. The data tables show benefit numbers, by main benefit groups, benefit sub-categories, Work and Income region, and a range of other selected characteristics.

Technical information

The following document contains technical and other explanatory information about the Benefit Fact Sheets.

Previous benefit fact sheet releases

Previous Benefit Fact Sheets have been archived by year, and can be accessed below:

Impact of 2013 Welfare Reform on benefit trends

On 15 July 2013, the Welfare Reform changes came into place. Three new benefits replaced most of the previous benefits: Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support and Supported Living Payment.

New benefit from 15 July 2013

Replaces pre-15 July 2013 benefit

Jobseeker Support
  • Unemployment Benefit Related (UB/UBH)
  • Unemployment Benefit Training (UBT/ UHT)
  • Sickness Benefit Related (SB/SBH)
  • Domestic Purposes Benefit-Sole Parent / Woman Alone / Widow’s Benefit (DPB-SP/WA/WB) – for clients with children 14 years and over.
Sole Parent Support
  • Domestic Purposes Benefit-Sole Parent (DPB-SP) – for clients with children aged up to 13 years
  • Widow’s Benefit (WB) – for clients with no children, or children aged up to 13 years.
Supported Living Payment
  • Invalid’s Benefit (IB)
  • Domestic Purposes Benefit-Care of Sick and Infirm (DPB-CSI).

For benefit counts prior to 15 July 2013, we report estimates of the number of clients receiving the new benefit categories, based on previous benefits received and other characteristics recorded for the client. Numbers from 15 July 2013 are actual numbers based on benefit and work obligations post the Welfare Reform changes. As a result of these new categories, data is not comparable to Benefit Fact Sheets before July 2013. The new rules have been applied to create quarterly and annual changes to compare the benefit sub-categories across time.

Release timetable

The benefit fact sheets will be released on the following dates:

Quarter end


September 2019 17 October 2019
December 2019 16 January 2020
March 2020 16 April 2020
June 2020

18 June 2020