Who can get it

You need to meet some rules to get JobSeeker Payment.

The rules you need to meet to get JobSeeker Payment depend on your situation.

You’ll need to meet all of these:

  • you’re between 22 and Age Pension age
  • you meet residence rules
  • your income and assets are under the test limits.

You also need to meet rules for either of these situations:

  • You meet our definition of unemployed and you’re looking for work.
  • You’re sick or injured and are unable to do your usual work or study for a short time.

If we consider you unemployed and you’re looking for work

If you’re unemployed, or you meet our definition of unemployed, you may get JobSeeker Payment. This can include if you’re doing part time or casual work.

If you get JobSeeker Payment and you earn income over a certain amount, it will affect how much you get. You can generally earn up to $104 every 2 weeks before we start reducing your payment.

You can use our Payment and Service Finder to help check if you can get a payment.

If you’re sick or injured and can’t do your usual work or study

You may be sick or injured, which stops you from doing your usual work or study for a short time. In this case, you may get JobSeeker Payment. You’ll need to meet certain rules and you’ll need to give us a medical certificate.

Page last updated: 20 March 2020