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Upcoming changes for job seekers because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Timeline of upcoming changes

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    December 2020

    On 7 December 2020, there were changes to the way you report your income. You now need to report the gross employment income you've been paid in your reporting period.

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    January

    Check if national public holidays impact your reporting and payment dates.

    From 1 January 2021, you may need to give us an employment separation certificate and payslips when claiming an income support payment. We’ll tell you in the claim.

    From 1 January 2021, the temporary Coronavirus Supplement is available at a rate of $150 per fortnight.

    As a result of the extension you’ll need to review and update your family income estimate. Keep in mind, the Coronavirus Supplement is a taxable income. You must include all amounts you and your partner expect to get for the whole financial year.

    The JobKeeper Payment rate changes from 4 January 2021. The rate for employees who work more than 20 hours a week on average will be $1,000 per fortnight. The payment rate for employees who work less than 20 hours a week on average is $650 per fortnight. To be eligible for a payment you must have worked in either:

    • the 4 weeks of pay periods before 1 March 2020
    • the 4 weeks of pay periods before 1 July 2020.
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    February

    In response to COVID-19, you may have had a break from repaying money you owe. This break ends in February 2021. This means you'll need to start repaying money you owe from February.

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    March

    JobKeeper Payment ends on 28 March 2021.

    Our temporary waiver for waiting periods ends on the 31 March 2021. After this date, the waiting periods might apply again. This includes the:

    The temporary Coronavirus Supplement ends on 31 March 2021.

    The extended eligibility for JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance for job seekers ends on 31 March 2021. After this date, we may cancel your payment if you’re no longer eligible. Read about important information about your income support payments.

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    April

    On 16 April 2021, the nil payment period we extended due to COVID-19 ends. If we haven’t paid you at least $1 in the 6 fortnights before 16 April 2021, we’ll cancel your payment. This will apply to all customers, except those getting Disability Support Pension (DSP).

    If your own income reduces your DSP rate to nil for your maximum period, we’ll suspend your DSP for up to 2 years.

    Read more about JobKeeper Payment and income support payments.

Page last updated: 8 January 2021