How much you can get

We pay JobSeeker Payment every 2 weeks. Your payment amount will depend on your circumstances.

There are changes to claims and your obligations due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes changes to waiting periods, the income test, what you need to give us, and your obligations. We’ve suspended participation requirements for Disability Support Pension. We’ve also paused a range of Centrelink debt raising and recovery activities.

Your JobSeeker Payment amount depends on your situation. This includes:

  • your personal situation, such as if you have children or a partner
  • how much income you’ve earned in the past 14 days.

These are the highest JobSeeker Payment rates at the moment. The rate will vary depending on your circumstances.

Your situation Your maximum fortnightly payment
Single, no children $565.70
Single, with a dependent child or children $612.00
Single, aged 60 or over, after 9 continuous months on payment $612.00
Partnered $510.80 each

Single principal carer granted an exemption from mutual obligation requirements for any of the following:

  • foster caring
  • non-parent relative caring under a court order
  • home schooling
  • distance education
  • large family

We update payment rates for JobSeeker Payment on 20 March and 20 September each year.

Page last updated: 4 April 2020