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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2010 08:24
|Work and Income New Zealand|
There is a range of income support available for young people whether you are working, studying, looking for work or under 18 and living independently from your family.
This information is just a brief outline to give you an idea of what may be available to you, and both the Work and Income and Studylink websites have heaps more information and call centre folks to help you out.
Benefit entitlements may vary depending on your circumstances, such as your age, where you live, if you have a partner or children and whether or not you work or study.
When filling out Work and Income forms it is important to answer every question honestly. If you make a mistake cross it out, rewrite the answer and sign next to it. Always make sure that you have all of the information and proof that is asked for, such as ID, bank statements, medical certificates, and earnings summaries. All of these things need to be the original documents – Work and Income cannot accept photocopies or faxes. The more prepared you are for you appointment with the things that you need, the quicker your benefit will be granted. It is also important to make an appointment to see a case manager before you go in to Work and Income. If you just drop in they may be booked up for the day and unable to see you. Be on time for the appointment, otherwise you may miss out and have to re-book. You can have a support person attend appointments with you, whether that be a family member, friend or social worker. For most benefits you have to be 18 or over and have lived in NZ continuously for two years or more, although there are some exceptions to this.