How much you can get

We pay JobSeeker Payment every 2 weeks. The amount you get depends on your personal situation.

This includes:

  • if you have a partner
  • if you have children
  • how much income you and your partner have earned in the past 14 days.

Keep in mind, income includes money you may get paid by your employer through JobKeeper Payment.

We update rates on 20 March and 20 September each year.

JobKeeper Payment stopped 28 March 2021. Talk to your employer about what this means to you.

If your circumstances change, you might be able to get an eligible income support payment like JobSeeker Payment from us.

You can use our payment guide to see what payments and services you may be eligible for.

You can start your claim for JobSeeker Payment early before your circumstances will change.

If you’re already getting JobSeeker Payment, you’ll get the Coronavirus Supplement at a rate of $150 per fortnight until 31 March 2021.

Your first payment in April may include a partial increase to your regular payment amount and a final Coronavirus Supplement payment. This applies if your reporting date is on or before 13 April 2021. You’ll only get the Coronavirus Supplement if you get at least $1 of your regular payment.

The regular payment rate increased from 1 April 2021 by $50 per fortnight.

You may have to pay income tax on JobSeeker Payment.

This table is a guide only.

Your situation Your maximum fortnightly payment from 1 April 2021

Single, no children


Single, with a dependent child or children


Single, 60 or older, after 9 continuous months on payment




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.


Next: What your commitments are

There are things you must do to keep getting your JobSeeker Payment.

Page last updated: 23 April 2021