How to keep your job seeker payments from September 2020

17 September 2020

As a job seeker, you need to know the upcoming changes and things you need to do to keep getting your payments.

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Read more about what you need to do to keep getting 1 of these payments:

Give us your assets information if we’ve contacted you about this

You need to tell us about your assets before the assets test waiver ends on 24 September 2020. We'll contact you and ask you to give us your asset details online.

If we’ve already contacted you, it’s important that you give us your assets information by 24 September. If you don’t tell us about your assets, we’ll stop your payment on 25 September 2020.

If we haven’t contacted you and your assets details are up to date, then you don’t need do anything. You can manage your asset details online. You need to tell us within 14 days if:

  • your financial assets (such as bank accounts, shares and managed investments) increase by $2,000 or more above what we have recorded
  • your non-financial assets (such as home contents, vehicles, real estate) increase by $1,000 or more above what we have recorded.

You can check what assets details we already have by logging into your Centrelink online account through myGov.

If your assets are:

  • over the allowable amount for your situation, you won’t be eligible for payment
  • under your allowable amount, you’ll still be eligible for your payment under the asset test.

Report your income

You need to keep reporting your income to us fortnightly. This includes if you get JobKeeper Payment from your employer.

The JobKeeper Payment of $1,500 per fortnight is available until 27 September 2020. It’s been extended from 28 September 2020 until 3 January 2021 at a rate of $1,200 per fortnight for those who work more than 20 hours a week on average. The payment rate for employees who work less than 20 hours a week is $750 per fortnight.

The Coronavirus Supplement has also been extended past 24 September 2020. It will continue at a rate of $250 per fortnight until 31 December 2020.

Read more about how changes to JobKeeper Payment may affect you.

Meet your mutual obligations

You also need to meet your mutual obligation requirements. Read more about how mutual obligation requirements may apply to you.

Keep the rest of your information up to date

Debt activities have temporarily paused but you still need to keep your details up to date. This helps stop you getting into debt at a later date.

Next steps

Read more about future changes to your payment if you’re a job seeker.

Page last updated: 21 September 2020