When you’ll get your first payment

There may be 1 or more waiting periods that apply before you get your first JobSeeker Payment.

When you’ll get paid

You’ll get your first JobSeeker Payment 2 weeks after we grant your payment, unless you have a waiting period. Once your payment starts, we’ll pay you fortnightly.

We calculate the waiting period that applies to you when we assess your claim. The time it takes us to assess your claim doesn’t affect your waiting period. You can expect to hear from us within 21 days of submitting your claim.

It’s best to submit your claim as soon as possible after your circumstances change. This way there may be less time between your last payment from your employer and your first payment from us. We have tips and tools for budgeting and managing your money during this time.

Once you’ve completed your claim check your Centrelink online account through myGov. It will tell you when:

  • we’ve accepted your claim
  • your payment will start
  • you need to report your income.
  • when your first income report is due.

You’ll need to report your income before we can make your first payment.

Why you may have to wait

You have savings or other money

You may have to wait 1 to 13 weeks if you or your partner have liquid assets over certain limits. Liquid assets are any funds readily available to you or your partner. This includes money owed by your or your partner’s employer.

Read about liquid assets waiting periods.

You got a lump sum payment when you finished work

You may have to wait if your employer paid you a lump sum as either:

  • annual leave
  • a redundancy when you left.

The time you have to wait is relative to the lump sum payment. Read about income maintenance periods.

You’ve had a compensation payment

You may have to wait if you’ve had a lump sum compensation payment. The time you have to wait is relative to your lump sum payment. Use our compensation estimator or contact us for information about your compensation preclusion period.

Other waiting periods

Due to coronavirus these waiting periods don't apply at the moment:

We’ll let you know when these start again.

Page last updated: 25 September 2020