Family Weekly Compensation pays a percentage of what Weekly Compensation your qualifying family member would have received.
- 60% for spouse or partner.
- 20% for a single child. If the qualifying family member's partner passes away then this is put up to 80%. This 20% or 80% is shared equally between the number of children there are.
- 20% for other dependants.
The total amount that can be paid to all recipients is no more than what the qualified member would have received. Where necessary, the amount paid to each recipient will be reduced proportionately.
We'll need you to get your qualifying family member's income details. This can be from either their employer or Inland Revenue. The details needed are:
- 12 months of earnings before their death if they had PAYE or employment, or
- the last tax year before their death if they were self-employed or a shareholder.
Community Services Card
If you get Weekly Compensation for Families, you may also be entitled to receive a Community Services Card. This card allows you to get discounts on services such as:
- prescription fees if you don't belong to a Primary Health Organisation
- fees for after-hours doctor visits
- to a doctor who is not your regular doctor
- glasses for children under 16
- emergency dental care provided by hospitals and approved dental contractors. Ask the dental provider if they are an approved contractor
- travel and accommodation for treatment at a public hospital outside your area when you have been referred. This is at least 80km away for adults and 25km for children
- home help.
More information on the Community Services Card on the Work and Income website(external link)
How long you get support
For spouse or partner, your support may last:
- 5 years, or
- all the time you're caring for the qualifying family member's children under 18 or their dependants.
For a child, your support may last until you:
- are 18 years of age
- are 23 years of age if you're studying full-time, or
- finish full-time study.
For other dependants, entitlement may last till you:
- earn over the minimum Weekly Compensation rate, or
- turn 65.