Who can get the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

Employers, including self-employed people, and their employees need to meet certain criteria to apply for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme.

Who can get the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme has changed from 9 February 2021. This is because the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available to cover eligible workers who need to stay at home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

The Leave Support Scheme previously covered people who were sick with COVID-19 ‘like’ symptoms who met the Ministry of Health’s ‘higher index of suspicion’ criteria, as well as health and disability support and aged-care workers who were self-isolating while waiting for a COVID-19 test result. Businesses with workers in these groups are now covered by the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment.

Businesses may be able to get the Leave Support Scheme if they meet the other eligibility criteria.