How much you can get

We pay JobSeeker Payment every 2 weeks. The amount you get depends on your personal situation.

This includes:

  • if you have a partner
  • if you have children
  • how much income you and your partner have earned in the past 14 days.

We update rates on 20 March and 20 September each year.

JobSeeker Payment may affect the amount of child support you pay or get. You need to tell us if your income changes.

If your circumstances change, you might be able to get an eligible income support payment like JobSeeker Payment from us.

You can use our payment guide to see what payments and services you may be eligible for.

You can start your claim for JobSeeker Payment early before your circumstances will change.

You may have to pay income tax on JobSeeker Payment.

JobSeeker Payment is a taxable Centrelink payment. Read about paying tax on your payment.

Coronavirus Supplement

If you got the Coronavirus Supplement, you need to declare it as income in your tax return for the 2020–21 financial year.

The Coronavirus Supplement won’t be shown separately on your Centrelink payment summary.

Your total Centrelink payment rate was increased if you were paid the Coronavirus Supplement.

This table is a guide only.

Your situation Your maximum fortnightly payment from 20 March 2022
Single, no children $642.70
Single, with a dependent child or children $691.00
Single, 60 or older, after 9 continuous months on payment $691.00
Partnered $585.30
Single principal carer granted an exemption from mutual obligation requirements for any of the following:
  • foster caring
  • non-parent relative caring under a court order
  • home schooling
  • distance education
  • large family.

Page last updated: 26 May 2022