JobSeeker Payment

Financial 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.

Cost of Living Payment

We’ve started making the one-off Cost of Living Payment. You don’t need to do anything. Read more about the payment.

JobSeeker Payment replaced Newstart Allowance when it stopped in March 2020.

To get JobSeeker 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.

JobSeeker Payment may affect the child support payments you make or receive. You need to tell us if your income changes.

To find out the full conditions and if this payment is right for you, read who can get it.

Page last updated: 3 March 2022