Funded Family Care

Funded Family Care is health funding for some eligible disabled people to employ their parents or family members over 18 who they live with to provide them with their personal care and/or household management supports.

COVID-19 update: Due to the impact of COVID-19 and New Zealand moving into Alert Level 4, some of the changes to the Funded Family Care payments will be delayed. Read more about the changes to criteria and payments happening in April 2020.

Funded Family Care changes 2020

On 7 July 2019, the Government announced that Funded Family Care will change in 2020. Find out more information on the Funded Family Care changes 2020.

Impact of Covid-19 on the update to Funded Family Care payments

Due to the impact of Covid-19 and New Zealand moving into Alert Level 4, some of the changes to the Family Funded Care payments will be delayed. Find out more about the changes to criteria and payments that will be happening in April 2020:


How Funded Family Care currently operates

Funded Family Care allows payment of people to care for resident family members assessed as having high or very high needs relating to disability, long term chronic health conditions, mental health and addiction and aged care needs. Funded Family Care policies are administered by the Ministry of Health (Disability Support Services) and District Health Boards.

Part 4A of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 provides that the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards have family care policies allowing persons to be paid for providing health and/or disability services to family members. It also limits the ability for complaints to be made to the Human Rights Commission and the Courts regarding breaches of the Human Rights Act 1993 relating to family care policies.


More about Funded Family Care

You can find out more about Funded Family Care through:

  • reading Funded Family Care Operational Policy 2013
  • emailing FFCInfo@health.govt.nz for more information
  • visiting the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination organisations (NASC). Your health professional will tell you how to contact your nearest NASC – or you can look on the NASC services page. Your NASC will meet with you to assess your eligibility for funded family care and other disability supports and talk everything through. They assess your disability support needs and discuss your goals.

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  • Funded Family Care allows payment of people to care for family members assessed as having high or very high disability support needs. Funded Family Care policies are administered by the Ministry of Health Disability Support Services and District Health Boards Read more
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