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New Zealand Allowances

2 allowances you can apply for 

  • Child disability allowance

  • Disability allowance


Child Disability Allowance




Click here for more information from the WINZ website


Disability Allowance

Click here for more information from the WINZ website

Personal Budget Holding Options

This can get rather confusing however Parent 2 Parent NZ have created a great brochure that demystifies Disability Support Services.

click here for the brochure

Another useful link is from the Ministry of Health

click here for information

Where do you start?

Idividualised Funding


Taken from the Ministry of Health Website:

  • available nation wide except for MidCentral Region

Click here for the link

IF can be used to:

  • purchase Household Management, Personal Care provided by support workers (employees, contracted personnel or organisations) and pay costs relating to the employment of support workers

  • purchase Respite through support workers or other opportunities where the full time carer is able to have a break (including school holiday programmes or facilities).


IF cannot be used to employ or contract support workers who are:

  • the spouse/partner or parents of the disabled person; or

  • family members who live in the same house as the disabled person. A family member is defined as a grandparent, grandchild, daughter, son, sister, brother, aunt or uncle.


IF doesn’t cover costs related to medical supplies, equipment, home renovations, leisure, recreation and personal or family costs, and can’t be used to increase the personal income of an individual or family.

Mana Whaikaha


A prototype of a new disability support system (Parent2Parent)

Enhanced Individualised Funding


Taken from the Ministry of Health Website:

  • available only in Eastern & Western Bay of Plenty

  • this is a new model for supporting people Click here for the link

Enhanced Individualised Funding (EIF) is part of the New Model for Supporting People demonstration that gives you more choice control and flexibility in the way you use your disability support budget. EIF enables people to pay for a wider range of disability supports – not just the traditional supports (Personal Care or Household Management, Respite Services currently available under IF). People using EIF are able to purchase supports aligned to the Purchasing Guidelines.

If you live in the Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty and are already receiving IF, you may wish to choose EIF as a way of managing your supports.


What does this mean for me?

EIF gives you greater control over your disability support budget.

It puts you in charge and gives you the job of controlling what you have been allocated.

EIF is different because:

  • it allows your budget to be used to fund support that has not traditionally been available

  • it's about creating a plan that lets you set your own timetable, enjoy more independence, be included more in your community and generally take control of your own life.

You can pay for support to achieve the goals in your plan.

This might mean that you can:

  • employ people to support you and agree the hourly rates for the support you receive

  • pay for support to help you participate in the community.

You are given an amount available for support and then you choose how to use it based on your plan.

There are a few rules!

You can only spend EIF on support that is:

  • a disability support (or the additional cost of living with a disability)

  • part of your plan and helps you progress towards your goals

  • support that is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and not provided by other government agencies (such as education).

Enabling Good Lives


Enabling Good Lives website says - Enabling Good Lives (EGL) is a new approach to supporting disabled people that offers greater choice and control over the supports they receive, so that they can plan for the lives they want.

Choice in Community Living


Taken from the Ministry of Health Website:

Choice in Community Living is an alternative to residential services for people with significant disabilities. It offers more choice and control over where they live, who they live with and how they are supported.

Choice in Community Living is part of the New Model for Supporting Disabled People demonstration

Choice in Community Living is for people living in these regions who either:

  • live in a residential service and who want to leave and live independently in a home they can purchase or rent

  • live in their parent’s or family home with disability support needs similar to people in residential services, and who want to live independently in a home they can purchase or rent

  • live in an unsustainable living arrangement with disability support needs that would require a referral to a residential service, which is not what the person or their family wants.

I Choose


Taken from the Ministry of Health Website:

I Choose is intended to be a new, flexible type of respite support that is easier to access, and allows people greater freedom to use in a way that works for them.

I Choose is on hold while the Ministry of Health works on a sustainable implementation plan to ensure that disabled people and their whānau can continue to get the breaks they need.

Until I Choose is available, people who are allocated Carer Support can continue to use it to enable them to have a break from caring for a person with a disability.

Family Funded Care

Taken from the Ministry of Health Website:

Funded Family Care is health funding for some eligible disabled people to employ their parents or family members over 18 who they live with to provide them with their personal care and/or household management supports.


Funded Family Care changes 2020

On 7 July 2019, the Government announced that Funded Family Care will change in 2020. Find out more information on the Funded Family Care changes 2020.

How Funded Family Care currently operates

Funded Family Care allows payment of people to care for resident family members assessed as having high or very high needs relating to disability, long term chronic health conditions, mental health and addiction and aged care needs. Funded Family Care policies are administered by the Ministry of Health (Disability Support Services) and District Health Boards.

Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 provides that the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards have family care policies allowing persons to be paid for providing health and/or disability services to family members. It also limits the ability for complaints to be made to the Human Rights Commission and the Courts regarding breaches of the Human Rights Act 1993 relating to family care policies.

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