Welfare Reform: changes in July 2013

New Zealand’s welfare system is changing to better help people who are able to work to get ready for employment and into a job. The focus is on what people can do to achieve a better future for them and their family.

A number of significant changes involving the types of benefits and obligations beneficiaries must meet came into effect on 15 July 2013.

Three new benefits were introduced in July. These replace most of the previous main benefits:

  • Jobseeker Support
  • Sole Parent Support
  • Supported Living Payment.

The obligations people must meet vary depending on the benefit and the circumstances. Benefit payments remain the same.