Use this tool to better understand your eligibility and how to apply for the COVID-19 wage subsidy extension scheme.
All businesses can operate, provided they can meet the rules to operate safely, just as they normally do to meet their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Government agencies won’t make these decisions for businesses.
For more information, check out the business.govt.nz page for Workplace operations at COVID-19 Alert Levels.
A wage subsidy extension became available on 10 June 2020. Applications close 1 September 2020 at 11.59pm.
Work and Income has more information on the wage subsidy extension.
COVID-19 wage subsidy extension (external link) — Work and Income
You can apply for the wage subsidy extension if your business or you, as a contractor or sole trader, has experienced a continued loss of income due to COVID-19. This subsidy is open to all businesses, all sectors and all regions and it's intended to help you pay your staff or yourself, as a contractor.
This tool helps you to check your eligibility for the wage subsidy extension, which requires at least a 40% decline in revenue for a 30-day period in the 40 days before you apply. Where possible, your decline in revenue should be compared to the closest period last year. High-growth firms or those operating for less than a year are able to use different comparison periods. The original wage subsidy expires 12 weeks from when you submitted your application. Eligible employers will need to apply for the wage subsidy extension through Work and Income once their original 12-week subsidy has come to an end. Applications close at 11.59pm on 1 September 2020.
Note: If you receive the wage subsidy and/or wage subsidy extension, it’s important that you submit to Inland Revenue:
Wage subsidies (external link) — Inland Revenue
Who can get the Wage Subsidy Extension (external link) – Work and Income