The mutual obligation pause is extended for job seekers in some regional NSW areas

15 September 2021

We’re extending the pause of mutual obligation requirements for some job seekers to the end of September 2021.

Your mutual obligation requirements are suspended until 21 September 2021 if you live in any of the following LGA’s, including Jervis Bay:

Bathurst, Bega, Blayney, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cabonne, Central Coast, Central Darling, Cessnock, Dubbo, Dungog, Eurobodalla, Forbes, Gilgandra, Goulburn Mulwarre, Kiama, Lake Macquarie, Lithgow, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Mid-Western, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Narromine, Newcastle, Orange, Parkes, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Snowy Monaro, Upper Hunter, Walgett, Wingecarribee.

If you're a job seeker in the Community Development Program (CDP), mutual obligation requirements are paused until 21 September 2021 if you live in either:

  • Far West Region NSW
  • Upper Darling Region NSW

If you live in Yass Valley, your mutual obligation requirements are suspended until 30 September 2021.

During this period, no payment suspensions or financial penalties will apply if you don’t meet your mutual obligation requirements.

If you don’t live in one of these LGAs, you need to meet your mutual obligation requirements to avoid any payment suspensions or financial penalties.

This applies to job seekers in jobactive, Online Employment Services, Disability Employment Services and participants in ParentsNext and CDP.

You still need to:

After the temporary suspension ends, you’ll need to meet your mutual obligation requirements.

Next steps

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Page last updated: 20 September 2021