There are changes to the JobSeeker Payment partner income test

22 September 2020

The amount your partner earns can affect your JobSeeker Payment amount.

We use your and your partner’s fortnightly earnings to work out your payment. From 25 September 2020, we’re increasing the amount your partner can earn before it affects your payment.

Until 25 September

We’ll reduce your JobSeeker Payment by 25 cents for every dollar your partner earns over $996 a fortnight.

Any income you have may also affect your payment rate. If you earn under $106 per fortnight, your partner can earn up to $3,070.80 per fortnight. Once they earn this amount your JobSeeker Payment will reduce to zero.

From 25 September

The rate at which we reduce your payment is slightly increasing. We’ll reduce your JobSeeker Payment by 27 cents for every dollar your partner earns over $1,165 per fortnight.

The income free area will increase to $300 per fortnight. This means if you earn under $300 per fortnight, your partner can earn up to $3,086.11 per fortnight. Once they earn this amount your JobSeeker Payment will reduce to zero.

If your income in a fortnight goes over specific cut off points, we won’t pay you for that fortnight.

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Page last updated: 22 September 2020