Changes for job seekers who already get a payment from us

22 April 2020

We’ve made some temporary changes to your requirements and payment.

These changes apply to job seekers getting 1 of the following payments:

  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Youth Allowance as a job seeker
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit.

Changes to requirements

Mutual obligation requirements suspended

You don’t have to meet your mutual obligation requirements. They’re suspended for the time being. This means you don’t need to do any activities or go to appointments. We’ll tell you when these start again.

You still need to report your income.

Liquid assets waiting period removed

We’ve waived the liquid assets waiting period in full for anyone who is currently serving it.

Changes to payments

Economic support payments

There are 2 Economic Support Payments of $750 each.

We’ll pay you the first $750 payment if you were getting an eligible payment from us or have a concession card from 12 March to 13 April 2020.

You may also get a second $750 Economic Support Payment in July 2020. You’ll get it if you’re getting an eligible payment or have an eligible concession card on 10 July 2020. You won’t get this payment if you’re getting the Coronavirus Supplement. 

If you’re on Income Management or have a Cashless Debit Card, 100% of the payment will go to your account or card.

Coronavirus Supplement

There’s a temporary change to your payment. You’ll get the $550 Coronavirus Supplement from 27 April 2020. This payment is taxable. We’ll pay it each fortnight with your regular income support payment.

You don’t need to do anything. We’ll start paying it from your first pay period that includes 27 April.

To get the supplement each fortnight you must get at least $1 of your payment for that fortnight.

If you’re on Income Management or have a Cashless Debit Card, part of your payment will go to it.If you get this payment, you won’t get the second $750 economic support payment.

Partner income limit increase for JobSeeker Payment

We’re increasing the amount your partner can earn before it stops your payment. From 27 April 2020, the partner income limit at which your payment will cancel temporarily increases to $3,086.80 per fortnight. This amount may be higher if you get Rent Assistance or Pharmaceutical Allowance with JobSeeker Payment. We also take into account any income you earn.

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Page last updated: 8 May 2020