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Between March and December 2020, the New Zealand Government paid businesses more than $13 billion through the Wage Subsidy Scheme as part of its response to Covid-19. That amount is about the same as the Government's total annual spending on education, and nearly three times its total annual spending on law and order.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme is the Government's largest single area of spending in response to Covid-19. The Government has estimated that the Wage Subsidy Scheme has indirectly supported about 1.8 million employees.

The Controller and Auditor-General carried out a performance audit to review how well the Government has managed the Wage Subsidy Scheme. This report is intended to provide an independent perspective to Parliament and the public and help the public sector prepare for and operate any similar schemes in the future.

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