Last updated: 16/2/2024

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Support for persons caring for an elderly or persons with disability or child who has high care needs

References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Caregiver allowance. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/, accessed on 10 Sep 2023.
Start date
2009
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Caregiver allowance. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/caregivers-allowance/, accessed on 10 Sep 2023.
Coverage
211 (2023-2024)
References
Cook Islands Government. 2023. Budget Estimates 2023/24 - Book 1. Appropriation Estimates and Commentary. Available at: https://www.cookislands.gov.ck/images/MFEM_Documents/Budget_Books/2023-24/2023-2027_Budget_Book_1_-_Estimates__DRAFTv.1.pdf. Accessed 10 October 2023.
Programme expenditure
NZD739,127 (2023).
References
Cook Islands Government. 2023. Budget Estimates 2023/24 - Book 1. Appropriation Estimates and Commentary. Available at: https://www.cookislands.gov.ck/images/MFEM_Documents/Budget_Books/2023-24/2023-2027_Budget_Book_1_-_Estimates__DRAFTv.1.pdf. Accessed 10 October 2023.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Caregiver allowance. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/caregivers-allowance/, accessed on 10 Sep 2023.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Caregiver allowance. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/caregivers-allowance/, accessed on 10 Sep 2023.
Target groups
provides support to people who are providing substantial day-to-day care for an elderly person or a person with permanent disabilities requiring high care needs.
References
Cook Islands Government. 2023. Budget Estimates 2023/24 - Book 1. Appropriation Estimates and Commentary. Available at: https://www.cookislands.gov.ck/images/MFEM_Documents/Budget_Books/2023-24/2023-2027_Budget_Book_1_-_Estimates__DRAFTv.1.pdf. Accessed 10 October 2023.
Eligibility criteria
(i) Adults 18 years and over. (ii) Cook Islander or Non-Cook Islander. (iii) Residing in the Cook Islands. (iv) The Caregiver must not be in Full Time Employment.
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Caregiver allowance. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/caregivers-allowance/, accessed on 10 Sep 2023.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Caregiver allowance. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/caregivers-allowance/, accessed on 10 Sep 2023.
Amount of benefits
For 2023/24, the payment rate will increase to $300 per month and it is expected to increase again in 2024/25 to $400 per month.
References
Cook Islands Government. 2023. Budget Estimates 2023/24 - Book 1. Appropriation Estimates and Commentary. Available at: https://www.cookislands.gov.ck/images/MFEM_Documents/Budget_Books/2023-24/2023-2027_Budget_Book_1_-_Estimates__DRAFTv.1.pdf. Accessed 10 October 2023.
Payment/delivery frequency
A payment of $100 will be paid out on the 1st and the 16th of each month. But this amount will change to NZD150 biweekly.
References
(i) The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Caregiver allowance. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/caregivers-allowance/, accessed on 10 Sep 2023. (ii) Cook Islands Government. 2023. Budget Estimates 2023/24 - Book 1. Appropriation Estimates and Commentary. Available at: https://www.cookislands.gov.ck/images/MFEM_Documents/Budget_Books/2023-24/2023-2027_Budget_Book_1_-_Estimates__DRAFTv.1.pdf. Accessed 10 October 2023.
Benefit delivery mechanism
The benefit is transferred directly to the bank account of the recipient.
References
Personal communication.
Benefit recipients
Caretakers (including parents and grandparents) of children and adults with severe disabilities, as well as elderly persons who require additional support due to severity of sickness/illness/disability
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Caregiver allowance. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/caregivers-allowance/, accessed on 10 Sep 2023.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Caregivers of children with disabilities can continue to receive this benefit for as long as the care needs remain high, or until the benefit recipient is deceased or migrates overseas
References
Personal communication.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
Function carried out by the Welfare Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Monitoring is performed every 3 months by Ministry of Internal Affairs staff, through home visits to verify that care needs are still the same.
References
Personal communication.
Legal Framework
The Welfare Act 1989
References
Unicef (2020): Evaluation of the social cash transfer programmes in Cook Islands 2013-2018. Unicef. Available online at https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/media/2206/file/Final%20Report%20on%20the%20Evaluation%20of%20the%20Social%20Cash%20Transfer%20Programmes%20in%20the%20Cook%20Islands%202013-2018.pdf, accessed on 7/17/2023.