JobSeeker Payment

From 20 March 2020 this is the new working age payment. It'll be the main income support payment if you’re at least 22 years of age and under Age Pension age.

You can get this payment if you meet 1 of the following:

  • looking for work
  • can’t work or study due to sickness or injury, even if you have a job or study to return to
  • have recently lost your partner.

If you’re transferring from another payment

JobSeeker Payment will be the new working age payment from 20 March 2020. We have details on how this change affects you if you’re transferring from a current payment.

From 20 March 2020 all of these payments are stopping:

If you get Newstart Allowance now

Newstart Allowance will end on 20 March 2020 and we’ll transfer you to JobSeeker Payment. There are no other changes if you continue meeting your requirements.

If you get Sickness Allowance now

Sickness Allowance will end on 20 March 2020 for new claims. You will continue getting your payment until the expiry of your medical certificate. We’ll send you a letter or myGov message closer to the time with more details. This letter or message will advise you how to transfer to JobSeeker Payment if you need to.

Read more about when Sickness Allowance stops.

If you get Wife Pension now

Wife Pension will end on 20 March 2020.

Read more about how this will affect you when Wife Pension stops.

If you get Bereavement Allowance

Bereavement Allowance will end on 20 March 2020 for new claims. If you’re on Bereavement Allowance on 20 March 2020, you’ll stay on it until the end of your bereavement period. This is usually 14 weeks, or for the length of your pregnancy. When this period ends, if you still need income support, you can claim either:

  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Youth Allowance
  • another payment based on your circumstances.

You can use Payment and Service Finder to see what you may be eligible for.

Page last updated: 2 December 2019