The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. New Zealand's Social Security System

General information

New Zealand's social security system is based on residence, that is, in order to receive a payment a person must have lived in New Zealand for a specific period of time and be resident in New Zealand. More information on New Zealand benefits is available from Work and Income New Zealand.

New Zealand superannuation

NZS is New Zealand's equivalent to Australian Age. Under the Agreement, NZS is paid to people who have reached qualifying age for NZS or the qualifying age for the Australian Age, whichever is the higher age. Although the payment is not generally income tested, any foreign benefit is directly deducted from the rate payable. Additional assistance is available to those who qualify.

Supported living payment

Supported living payment provides assistance to people who have, or are caring for someone with a health condition, injury or disability.

Veteran's pension

This benefit is paid to ex-service people who have reached the qualifying age for NZS and receive a war disablement pension of at least 70% level of disability. People who are younger than the qualifying age for NZS can receive this benefit if they are unable to work due to a disability.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 3 New Zealand

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