Graduate Business Contribution follow-up payment 2019

The Business Contribution payment for 2017, 2018 and first half of 2019 is now closed. We will not be accepting any more applications for new graduate payments or entering into further discussion about offers already made.

The one-off Business Contribution payment will also be available to the cohort of new graduates who successfully apply for an authorisation to claim for primary maternity services within the relevant offer period. The new graduates will mainly have graduated from late 2018 to early 2019.

A Business Contribution Letter of Offer will be sent to eligible new graduates. To help timely payment the Ministry will be sending out Letters of Offer in both February and May 2019. Note that each new graduate is eligible for only one Business Contribution payment in Category Five. This follow-up offer does not apply to any Graduate who was sent a Letter of Offer in 2018.

May 2019 offer

For the May 2019 Letter of Offer, a new graduate eligible for the purposes of the Business Contribution payment is a midwife who, at the date of the Letter of Offer has met all of the following criteria:

  • were not previously sent a Letter of Offer for the Business Contribution payment in 2018 or 2019;
  • has graduated from training institution after 1 January 2017;
  • first registered with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand after 1 January 2017; and
  • received an authorisation to claim for primary maternity services under the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 (the Notice) from the Ministry after 14 February 2019 and before the date of the May Letter of Offer.

The majority of graduates receiving a Letter of Offer in May 2019 will be from the cohort sitting their National Midwifery Examination in early 2019.

In order to apply for an authorisation to claim, a current annual practicing certificate and evidence of a Children’s Act 2014 safety check is required. See Safety checks for more information. The safety check process can take a considerable period of time. For example, if using CV Check Limited, the process can take at least 5 weeks. It is recommended you start this process as soon as possible.

A schedule for the May 2019 Graduate Business Contribution offer is provided below.

To receive the Graduate Business Contribution payment, each midwife must respond to the Letter of Offer to confirm their intent to provide primary maternity services under the Notice after the date of the Letter of Offer (by provision of primary maternity services to at least one woman in the period from the date of their Letter of Offer to 30 June 2019).

Indicative Letter of Offer and Payment dates are as follows.

Graduate Business Contribution Payment Schedule

Anticipated Letter of Offer arrival date

Final Acceptance date for payment

Indicative Payment Date

1 March 2019

1 April 2019

16 April 2019

17 May 2019

21 June 2019

28 June 2019

NB: These dates may be subject to change.

If you feel you were eligible for a Business Contribution Offer as a new graduate and did not receive a Letter of Offer by the indicative dates above, please contact Also be aware that the letters are being sent by post and rural mail may take longer. To facilitate prompt receipt of communications by post please keep the Ministry fully updated on any changes to your postal address.

If you have any queries, have changed your contact details or need to apply for an authorisation to claim, please contact 0800 855 066 or email

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