Targeted consultation on replacing Minimum Wage Exemptions scheme

Published: 21 February 2019

The Government is considering replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption scheme.

The scheme has meant around 900 disabled people in New Zealand are currently paid less than the minimum wage. More than two-thirds of these workers are paid less than $5 an hour for their work.

A wage supplement approach has been identified by both Government and the Disability sector as the most likely means of addressing those concerns.

Over the next two months, the Ministries of Social Development and Business, Innovation and Employment are undertaking targeted consultation to gain insight and feedback on replacing the scheme with a wage supplement.

Read the Ministers’ announcement(external link).

Find out more on the Ministry of Social Development’s website(external link).


Last updated: 21 February 2019