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:
- report your income for the past 14 days every 2 weeks even if its $0
- meet your mutual obligation requirements by agreeing to do activities in your Job Plan
- tell us about any changes to your circumstances
- tell us if you’re going overseas.
If you’re having trouble meeting your mutual obligation requirements, you need to either:
- talk to your employment services provider if you have one
- call the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s Employment Services National Customer Service Line.
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:
- through your Centrelink online account through myGov
- using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
- by calling 133 276 (13 EARN).
Read about how to report your income.
If you get JobKeeper Payment
- 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.
How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you both earn so we can pay you the right amount.
You may be able to cancel your own payment online. This means you don’t need to visit a service centre or call us. Cancelling your payment is fast and easy and helps you avoid a debt.
You must tell us if things change as it may affect your Youth Allowance payment.
We'll assess the impact of your disability, illness, injury or other barriers to work.
There are other services to help you manage your Youth Allowance payment as a job seeker.
Page last updated: 17 September 2020
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