Pause of requirements

Sometimes there may be a pause of your mutual obligation or participation requirements.

Pause of requirements

During this period, no payment suspensions or financial penalties will apply if you don’t meet your requirements.

You must still report any income you and your partner get every 2 weeks, even if it’s $0. This is so we can pay you the right amount.

You can stay up to date with information about pauses of mutual obligation or participation requirements by continuing to check this page for updates.

You can also read more about pause of obligations on the Workforce Australia website. This includes notifications, what happens during a pause and what you need to do when the pause ends.

If you’re unable to meet your requirements for any reason, you should speak to your provider.

Current pauses

There’s a pause of requirements in the following locations.

There’s no national pause of requirements at this time.

There’s no pause of requirements for ACT at this time.

There’s no pause of requirements for NSW at this time.

There’s no pause of requirements for NT at this time.

You can check to see:

  • if your area is affected by an event in QLD
  • the start and end date of any mutual obligation or participation requirements pause in your area.

This applies if you’re registered with Community Development Program.

The pause will also apply if you’re under 35, get DSP and have participation requirements.

LGACDP regionEventStart dateEnd date
 Cook Region (CDP region 54)Extreme weather2 January 202429 February 2024

There’s no pause of requirements for SA at this time.

There’s no pause of requirements for TAS at this time.

There’s no pause of requirements for VIC at this time.

You can check to see:

  • if your area is affected by an event in WA
  • the start and end date of any mutual obligation or participation requirements pause in your area.

This applies if you’re registered with Community Development Program.

The pause will also apply if you’re under 35, get DSP and have participation requirements.

LGACDP regionEventStart dateEnd date
 Gascoyne Region (CDP region 6)Extreme weather23 February 202426 February 2024
Page last updated: 23 February 2024.
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