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Upcoming changes for job seekers and what to do if your payments are affected.

Timeline of upcoming changes

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    September

    The Coronavirus Supplement was extended until 31 December 2020 at a rate of $250 per fortnight.

    The asset test waiver ended in September. This may affect you if you claimed JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance, or Parenting Payment since 23 March 2020.

    We applied the asset test limits for each payment from 25 September 2020. If you didn’t give us your asset details and your payment has now stopped, call us on your regular payment line.

    If you did give us your asset details and your payment has now stopped, you may not be eligible for payment. This depends on the asset test limit for your situation.

    On 25 September 2020, we reintroduced the liquid assets waiting period for new claims for JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance.

    On September 25 we reintroduced the need to give us proof of your rental arrangements to get Rent Assistance.

    From 25 September 2020 there were changes to the JobSeeker Payment partner income test.

    The JobKeeper Payment rate changed from 28 September 2020. The rate for employees who work more than 20 hours on average a week will be $1,200 per fortnight. The payment rate for employees who worked less than 20 hours a week is $750 per fortnight.

    From 28 September, you must meet your mutual obligation requirements, unless you live in Victoria. You’ll need to complete these requirements if you:

    You need to do all of the things listed in your Job Plan. Suspensions and penalties apply if you don’t do these things, unless you’re in the Community Development Program.

    On 25 September, we extended our pause on a range of debt raising and recovery activities until 30 October 2020. This will continue to be assessed on a monthly basis.

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    December

    From 7 December 2020, there are changes to the way you report your income. You’ll need to report to Centrelink the gross employment income you have been paid in your reporting period.

    Your reporting and payment dates may change when we close for national public holidays.

    Our temporary waiver for waiting periods ends on the 31 December 2020. After this date, the waiting periods might apply again. This includes the:

    The Coronavirus Supplement ends on 31 December 2020.

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    January 2021

    The JobKeeper Payment rate changes from 4 January. 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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    March 2021

    JobKeeper Payment ends on 28 March 2021.

Page last updated: 12 October 2020