Helping to buy aid equipment for your workplace

If your business is working in healthcare or social assistance, and has 6 to 99 employees, you might be eligible for a workplace injury prevention subsidy to help pay for a range of aid equipment.

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    How we can help pay your aid equipment costs

    Aid equipment, such as transfer belts and mobile hoists, can help reduce the risk of injury to your staff when they’re moving and handling people.

    We’ll help you to have a healthier and safer workplace by contributing to the cost of aid equipment for your business.

    After you’ve bought the aid equipment, we’ll acknowledge your business formally. This will show your participation and commitment to improving workplace safety.

    Our contribution

    We’ll pay 50% of the costs, up to a maximum amount, depending on the size of your business.

    Business size

    Business size definition

    Our contribution maximum*

    Small - Small/Medium

    6 to 49 employees



    50 to 99 employees


    *Contribution maximums exclude GST

    The maximum contribution varies according to the size of the business, eg a medium business usually has more employees moving and handling people, so they may need more equipment than a small business.


    If the cost of the purchased equipment is $1,350, our contribution for each business size would be:

    Business size

    Equipment cost

    Our contribution*


    Small - Small/Medium (6 - 49 employees)



    Payment capped at maximum for this business size category

    Medium (50 - 99 employees)



    Payment capped at 50% of cost

     *Contributions exclude GST

    Types of equipment we can help pay for

    You can choose the provider of the aid equipment yourself. The aid equipment you buy must be brand new and have at least one year warranty.

    Have a look at the range of equipment we’ll contribute to:

    Type of equipment

    Description and common use

    Transfer belt

    (handling belt, gait belt, walking belt)

    A belt placed around a person’s waist during several types of transfer and for assisted walking for rehabilitation. There are multiple types of belt.

    Transfer board

    (PAT slide, slide board, banana board)

    A full‑body‑length board made from wood or plastic used to bridge gaps for person transfers from one surface to another. For example, transferring from a stretcher or wheelchair to a bed. You can also use smaller transfer boards for lateral, seated‑to seated transfers.

    Mobile hoist

    (floor hoist, floor lift, mechanical lift, portable hoist)

    A hoist with wheels that can be moved along the floor – used for lifting a person inside a sling or on a stretcher designed for use with hoists.

    Standing hoist

    (sit to stand hoist, standing lift, stand‑aid hoist)

    A specific type of mobile hoist designed to assist people between sitting and standing positions. Standing hoists are designed to fit under and around chairs.

    Ceiling hoist

    (overhead hoist, ceiling lift, mechanical lift, gantry hoist)

    A hoist attached to permanently mounted ceiling track that moves a person inside a sling. Gantry hoists have overhead tracks mounted on wheel frames.

    Print information about aid equipment for your workplace

    How to apply

    To apply for the workplace injury prevention subsidy (previously called co-investment grant) your business needs to be:

    • a small to medium business with 6 to 99 employees
    • in the healthcare and social assistance industry. This excludes veterinary services, parole and probationary services, optometry and optical dispensing services, and dental services.

    To apply, download and complete the application form, then email it to us.

    ACC7831 Application for injury prevention subsidy


    After we’ve received your application

    1. We’ll confirm you're eligible and send more information.
    2. You can then go ahead and buy the equipment.
    3. Send us an itemised receipt.
    4. We’ll transfer our contribution to your nominated bank account.
    5. We’ll formally acknowledge your business’ participation and commitment to improving workplace safety.

    We need proof of payment which may include itemised receipts, copy of payment transfer or credit card transaction.

    Businesses who took part in the trial

    These businesses participated in the trial and helped us refine the design of the workplace injury prevention subsidy for aid equipment:

    • Aroha Care Centre For The Elderly
    • Bainlea House (2013) Ltd
    • Bainswood House Rest Home Ltd
    • Beattie Community Trust Incorporated
    • Beetham Healthcare Ltd
    • Birchleigh Management Ltd
    • Capital Residential Care Ltd trading as Ocean View
    • Carter Society Incorporated
    • Drs Do-more Ltd- Fiordland Medical Practice
    • Fomht Health Services Ltd
    • Masterton Medical Ltd
    • Mornington Health Centre Ltd
    • Munro Resthomes Ltd
    • Nazareth Rest Home Ltd
    • Nicolson Rest Home Ltd
    • North Waikato Care of The Aged
    • Olive Tree Retirement
    • Onehealth Medical Ltd
    • Orewa Medical Centre Ltd
    • Oscu Wanganui Ltd
    • Parkwood Trust Incorporated
    • Ranfurly Village Hospital Ltd
    • St Albans Lifecare Ltd
    • The Kawerau Social Services Trust Board
    • The Ryder-Cheshire Foundation Manawatu Incorporated
    • Trustees In The Delta Community Support Trust
    • Trustees In The Enrich+ Trust
    • Trustees In The Moana House Trust
    • Village Health Ltd
    • Waiheke Health Trust
    • Waikari Health Care Ltd
    • Wharekaka Trust Board Incorporated

    Contact us

    Get in touch if you have any questions about the workplace injury prevention subsidy. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


    Last published: 5 December 2019