The New Zealand Aid Programme provides a per diem allowance to cover the costs of meals, accommodation, and incidentals while overseas.

You can claim per diems for each night you spend in-country, and you'll be paid at the aid programme rate applicable at the beginning of your trip.

See an example of a per diem claim

The per diem schedule is based on the United Nations Development Programme's Daily Subsistence Allowance which contains rates for the countries where most of the aid programme work occurs. These rates are reviewed and updated quarterly.

You can get details for other countries’ per diems from MFAT’s Financial Services Team at finbank@mfat.govt.nz.

Where a married or de facto couple are working on an assignment together, the per diem rate is adjusted. Refer to your contract for more detail, or contact the MFAT officer responsible for managing the open tender.

New Zealand per diem allowances

New Zealand per diem rates provide for a maximum of $165 excluding GST for accommodation. Meals and incidentals allowances are $20 for breakfast, $15 for lunch, $35 for dinner, and $10 for incidentals. Please note the meal and incidental rates are inclusive of GST.

2018 per diem rates

Per diem rates effective 1 July 2018 [PDF, 457 KB]

Per diem rates effective 1 April 2018 [PDF, 456 KB]

Per diem rates effective 1 January 2018 [PDF, 456 KB]

2017 per diem rates

Per diem rates effective 1 October 2017 [PDF, 453 KB]

Per diem rates effective 1 July 2017 [PDF, 453 KB]

Per diem rates effective 1 April 2017 [XLSX, 293 KB]

Per diem rates effective 1 January 2017 [XLSX, 265 KB]