Differences between JobSeeker Payment and JobKeeper Payment
JobSeeker Payment is financial support while you look for work. JobKeeper Payment is a wage subsidy for businesses significantly impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
JobSeeker Payment is one of our income support payments. It can help if you’re between 22 and Age Pension age and looking for work. It’s also for when you’re sick, or injured and can’t do your usual work or study for a short time. If you’re eligible, we pay you fortnightly. Your payment amount will depend on your circumstances.
You may also get other benefits while on JobSeeker Payment such as a:
What do I need to do to keep this payment
You’ll need to:
- report your and your partner’s income every 2 weeks, even if it’s $0
- meet your mutual obligation requirements.
The Australian Taxation Office pays JobKeeper Payment to your employer. If they’re eligible, your employer will pay you JobKeeper Payment as part of your usual wages.
Your employer will tell you if they’re eligible for JobKeeper Payment. You don’t need to call or visit us.
The current rate for JobKeeper Payment is $1500 before tax each fortnight. This rate applies until 27 September 2020.
Read more about JobKeeper Payment changes and transition to income support.
What you need to do to keep your income support payment
If you get an income support payment from us, you’ll need to report JobKeeper Payment as income.
Currently, if you get JobKeeper Payment, you don’t have to meet mutual obligation requirements. This means you don’t need to look for work or attend appointments with an employment services provider.
Differences at a glance
The table summarises the differences between JobSeeker Payment and JobKeeper payment, based on current information.
|Payment||Payment type||Paid by||Paid to||Rate||Other benefits||Your obligations|
|JobSeeker Payment||Income support payment||Services Australia||you||Payment rate depends on your situation||You may be eligible for:||You may need to:
|JobKeeper Payment||Wage subsidy||Australian Taxation Office||employer||
Up to $1500 a fortnight until 27 September.
|No||You’ll need to report your JobKeeper Payment to us as employment income.|
Page last updated: 18 September 2020
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