How much you can get

How much you get depends on your circumstances.

If you’re eligible, you’ll get the maximum equivalent rate of JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance, depending on your personal circumstances.

We’ll reduce your payment to zero if you earn more than or the same as the average Australian weekly income. The average Australian weekly income before tax is:

  • $1,737.10, before 1 January 2023
  • $1,769.80 from 1 January 2023.

New Zealand Disaster Recovery Allowance is a taxable payment and needs to be reported in your tax return.

Page last updated: 7 July 2023.
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