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JobSeeker Payment replaced Newstart Allowance when it stopped in March 2020.
To get this payment you need to meet some rules. These include:
- you’re between 22 and Age Pension age
- you meet the income and assets tests
- you meet residence rules.
To find out the full conditions and if this payment is right for you, read who can get it.
The rate of JobSeeker Payment for some customers increased from 20 September 2023. This means you may get a partial increase in your first payment after this date, and the full increase after that.
This is in addition to the Consumer Price Indexation (CPI) increase on the same date.
Read more about the changes and how much you can get.
We pay JobSeeker Payment every 2 weeks. The amount you get depends on your personal situation.
Complete the following steps to claim JobSeeker Payment. Before you start, check if you can get it.
There may be one or more waiting periods that apply before you get your first JobSeeker Payment.