Eligibility criteria

The government sets the eligibility criteria for support funds, and Workbridge is responsible for making sure these criteria are met.

Both Training Support and Job Support funding have the following criteria:

Cost of disability

You must establish that you have extra costs that a person without a disability doing the same job would not have.

The costs must be a direct consequence of your disability or impairment.


You must be aged 16-65. Applications outside the age range will sometimes be considered, so ask Workbridge.


You must have a disability or medical condition that you’ve had or are likely to have for at least six months.

Your disability must be a barrier to new or continued employment or training that can’t be overcome by other support services from the Ministry of Social Development.


You must live in New Zealand and be either a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident.

Ministry of Health

You will not be eligible for support funds if the Ministry of Health provides your vocational services (employment-focused services) and/or disability costs such as personal care, hearing aids, orthotics, wheelchairs or vehicle adaptations.


You will generally not be eligible for support funds if your vocational services or disability costs are the result of an accident and/or are the responsibility of ACC.

You generally won’t be eligible if you receive Earnings Related Compensation (ERC).

Individualised funding

Support funds are only for individuals, and can’t be paid to a third party or an organisation to distribute on your behalf.

Other funding

Before applying for support funds, you should investigate other possible sources of funding, such as trusts, the Ministry of Health and lottery grants.

Workbridge and Work and Income are among the organisations that may be able to give you information about other funding sources.