Who can get it

You need to meet some rules to get JobSeeker Payment.

You may get JobKeeper payment through your employer. You need to check with them before you claim a payment with us. Read how JobKeeper payment could affect you,

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 1 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.

You may also be able to get this payment if your work situation changes because of coronavirus (COVID 19).

The change in your work situation can be for 1 of the following reasons. You’re:

  • a permanent employee and have lost your job
  • a sole trader, self-employed, a casual or contact worker and your income has reduced
  • caring for someone who’s affected by coronavirus.

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

If you’re unemployed, or you’re not in fulltime work, 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. Read more about income limits.

You can use our Payment and Service Finder to help check if you can get a payment. You can also check what you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

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 give us a medical certificate.

If you can’t work or study because of coronavirus you won’t need to give us a medical certificate.

Page last updated: 22 May 2020