Weekly Income Compensation
If you’re a New Zealand veteran and can’t work full-time because of injury or illness, you may qualify for this entitlement. It usually gives support through both income and rehabilitation—to help you return to work if and when able.
- Getting paid
- Getting ACC or Social Welfare
- Taking part in rehabilitation
- Ongoing entitlement
- Finding out more
You must have served in one of these situations:
- before 1 April 1974
- with Civilian Surgical Team in Qui Nhon (Viet Nam) before 31 March 1975
- with 41 Squadron in Viet Nam, before 21 April 1975.
You may qualify for (Scheme Two) Weekly Compensation instead, if you:
- have Qualifying Operational Service [PDF, 117 KB] later than that; and
- can’t work full-time because of an injury or illness linked to that service.
Ability to work
You must be unable to work full-time because of injury or illness (needn’t be service-related).
You must usually be under 65. At, or over, 65 you can only apply if you haven’t already had Weekly Income Compensation.
Application form (Weekly Income Compensation) [PDF, 667 KB] sets out what you must send us. This includes a medical certificate—we’ll reimburse the cost, if you:
- live in New Zealand when applying; and
- send us the invoice from the appointment.
We may ask you for more information—this could include having vocational, occupational or further medical assessments. Because of this, you must let us know if you plan to leave the country you’re living in, for any period.
Weekly Income Compensation is paid fortnightly within New Zealand; 4-weekly overseas.
Payment rate for Weekly Income Compensation is set at 80% of the average weekly wage, but we deduct:
- income tax
- ACC payments
- Child Support
- Student Loan
- civil orders.
Payments are also reduced for any part-time earnings.
Recipients of Weekly Income Compensation may also be eligible to receive a Community Services Card.
If you’re on ACC income-replacement, Weekly Income Compensation is paid only as a top-up (to meet what you’d get from Weekly Income Compensation alone).
If you’re declined by ACC, you may still qualify for Weekly Income Compensation.
While on Weekly Income Compensation, you can’t get Social Welfare benefits (such as Accommodation Supplement, Disability Allowance, Child Disability Allowance, Childcare Assistance).
Working toward rehabilitation is a condition of getting Weekly Income Compensation, unless we accept you’re unable to. Your rehabilitation responsibilities include:
- working with us to set up a vocational rehabilitation plan
- engaging fully in vocational rehabilitation
- attending assessments arranged for you (including vocational reassessment around every 6 months).
If granted, Weekly Income Compensation is paid from the day we got your application. Entitlement ends in the following situations.
Entitlement ends if any of these happen:
- you earn more than the average weekly wage from part-time work
- you return to full-time work
- you become able to return to full-time work (but once assessed as such, you’ll have a notice-period before payments stop).
At age 65, entitlement:
- will usually cease; but
- may be able to continue for a limited period if you first became entitled at or over 63.
If you first qualified at (or over) 65, entitlement will be for a limited period only.
Failure to meet responsibilities
We may suspend or cancel entitlement if you fail to meet your Weekly Income Compensation responsibilities. These include:
- giving us relevant information
- taking part in rehabilitation-related activities, as required.
Other reasons to stop payment
Entitlement ceases immediately if any of these happen:
- you get a social welfare benefit
- you go into prison
- you pass away.
- Factsheet (Weekly Income Compensation) [PDF, 250 KB]: summary for printing
- Related entitlements: entitlements linked to Weekly Income Compensation
- Medical Travel: travel for assessment, treatment or rehabilitation
- Veterans' Independence Programme: support to stay independent in your home
- Reviews: review & appeal rights, if you disagree with a decision about whether you qualify
- Veterans' Support Act (external link) (NZ Legislation website): sections 27 & 59–65