Payments for job seekers

Financial help if you’re looking for work. There are also payments if you’re sick or injured and can’t do your usual work or study.

Income support payments

JobSeeker Payment is financial help if you’re between 22 and Age Pension age.

You can get it while you’re unemployed and looking for work, or doing approved activities to find a job. It’s also for when you’re sick or injured and can’t do your usual work or study.

Youth Allowance for job seekers is an income support payment if you’re 21 or younger and looking for work. It's also for times you're unable to work.

Parenting Payment is an income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer. This payment supports parents or guardians to help with the cost of raising children.

Mobility Allowance helps you take part in approved activities when you have a disability, illness or injury. It helps with transport costs if you can’t use public transport without substantial help, either permanently or for long periods. To get this payment you must be doing an activity like looking for work, working or studying.

You won’t get Mobility Allowance if you’re getting a funded package of support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Youth Disability Supplement provides extra financial support to young people with physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability who get certain income support payments.

You may get Disability Support Pension if you can’t work because you have a physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition.

You may be able to get a payment if you’re studying. Read about payments for students and trainees.

Child care costs while you study or look for work

Child Care Subsidy helps with the cost of approved child care.

If you’re transitioning to work from certain income support payments you may be able to get Additional Child Care Subsidy. This gives some families extra help with child care fees. Read about who can get the Transition to Work subsidy.

We pay these subsidies to your child care provider to reduce the fees you pay.

Other government and community support services

There are other organisations that provide support services and information you may find helpful. You can use the Payment and Service Finder to find help in your area.

JobAccess offers workplace solutions for people with disability who are looking for work. And helps their potential and current employers.

The Department of Education, Skills, and Employment offers a range of services, including:

My future is Australia's national career information and exploration service. It helps with career decisions, planning career pathways and managing work transitions.

Moneysmart has information to help you make the most of your money. Read the Losing your job section on the Moneysmart website.

beyondblue is an Australian organisation offering mental health information and support.

MensLine Australia offers telephone and online support and information services for men with family and relationship concerns.

Page last updated: 19 October 2021