How to report and manage your payment

To keep getting Youth Allowance for job seekers payment you need to report your income every 2 weeks. You also need to keep meeting your mutual obligation requirements.

To keep your payment you'll need to:

If you’re having trouble meeting your mutual obligation requirements, you need to either:

Keep in mind, during coronavirus (COVID-19) we’ve made temporary changes to some of our payments. To help stay up to date, you can read more about upcoming changes for job seekers.

Reporting your income

If your claim is successful, you’ll need to report your and your partner’s income to get your first payment.

Every 2 weeks you need to tell us what you and your partner earned in the last 14 days.

You'll need to report your income even if it's $0. If you don't report every 2 weeks your payment will stop. We’ll tell you which dates you must report on and when your income reporting will start. If you report late, your payment will be late.

You can report your income:

Read about how to report your income.

If you're dependent and you get Youth Allowance, we may need your parents’ or guardians’ income details each year.

If you get JobKeeper Payment

If you get JobKeeper Payment through your employer, you need to report it as income. You’ll need to call us on your regular payment line if any of these apply:

  • your back pay is for more than 12 weeks
  • you can’t update your employment income online
  • you’re not sure how to report your back pay.

Keep meeting your mutual obligation requirements

When you get Youth Allowance for job seekers you need to do the tasks and activities in your Job Plan. Doing these things may help you get back into work sooner.

Read about mutual obligation requirements.

Next: What other services are available

There are other services to help you manage your Youth Allowance payment as a job seeker.

Page last updated: 17 September 2020