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Clothing Allowance—Veterans' Independence Programme

Clothing Allowance recognises the costs of altering and cleaning clothing because of a service-related condition.

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Who can get this

You may be able to get this if you:

  • have an accepted service-related condition, and
  • that condition causes wear, tear or soiling to your clothes.
What you can get

This allowance is paid:

  • every two weeks in NZ, and
  • every four weeks outside of NZ.

Clothing Allowance payment rates

How to apply

This allowance is assessed when we accept a condition as service-related.

If you already have an accepted service-related condition — and would like to apply for this allowance — talk to your Case Manager.

When you get it

Once you get a Clothing Allowance, you'll need to tell us if you:

  • change your address
  • change your bank
  • change your relationship status — marriage, de facto, or civil union
  • plan to go overseas
  • plan to return to NZ to live
  • move to a rest home or hospital, or
  • have someone come to live with you or stay long-term.
Find out more

Contact us for more information

We strive to be transparent. If you want to know how this entitlement is administered you can read the policy.

Veterans' Independence Programme policy [PDF, 430 KB]