A payment for taiohi who can’t live at home
If you’re 16 or 17 and you can’t live at home, and your parents can’t support you financially, you may be able to get a youth payment towards your living costs.
What’s it for?
The Youth Payment gives you the space to focus on your dreams and ambitions. While you’re getting it, you’ll work with a youth coach to get the education and skills you need to build a bright, independent future.
Who can get it?
You might be able to get the payment if:
- you’re 16 or 17
- you can’t live with your parents
- your parents can’t support you financially, and
- you’re not responsible for any children.
If you’re bringing up a child, you might be able to get a young parent payment to help cover your expenses.
Young Parent Payment
How it works
The amount of money you’ll get depends on your situation, but you can check the current rates at the Work and Income website.
In most cases, your rent and bills will be taken from the total and paid for you, and any money left will be paid as an allowance of up to $50 into your bank account.
Anything left after this will be put on a payment card you can use to buy food, groceries and essentials like stationery for school.
Managing your payment
While you’re getting youth payment, you’ll work with a youth coach to become an expert at managing your money. We’ll send you on a budgeting course as soon as there’s a space. Your payment will increase by $10 per week if you:
- complete your budgeting course, and
- show your coach that you’ve spent your money wisely for three months.
This is called a budgeting incentive. When you’ve earned all the incentives you can, you may get to look after more of your payment yourself.
Studying or training
Youth payment helps to cover your costs so you can focus on your future. To get the payment, you need to be in full-time education or training, or working towards qualifications as part of a job.
Your coach will help you figure out what education or training you need and want and support you to succeed at it. This might be at school, but it doesn’t have to be the kind of education that’s right for you will depend on the career you want and how you like to work.
Finding somewhere to live
If you haven’t got anywhere to stay, your youth coach may be able to help you find emergency housing.
They can help you find somewhere permanent to live, too. In your first meeting, they’ll talk you through your housing options and let you know about any more money you can get towards housing costs.
They’ll also book you an assessment for social housing with Work and Income.
A payment card is a bit like an Eftpos card. We load money onto it, and you can use it to buy things you need, like food and toiletries. It can also be used for essential items like stationery. You can use your card in shops that have registered with us to accept it.
The money on your card won’t expire and can be saved up. If at the end of your time with youth service you have money left on your payment card, we can transfer the balance (over $10) back into your bank account.
If a hardship payment is added to your card, you need to spend it within three days or it will expire.
The Work and Income website has more information about payment cards, like where and how you can use them.
What you need to apply:
Birth Certificate or Passport (we can help with this)
Carpentry & Construction
Step Up (NCEA L1)