What the approved reasons are

To get JobSeeker Payment while you’re overseas, you must travel for an approved reason.

You may get JobSeeker Payment for up to 6 weeks if you’re travelling outside Australia for one of these approved reasons:

  • to attend an acute family crisis, for example, to visit a family member who’s critically ill
  • for humanitarian reasons, for example, to adopt a child or attend custody proceedings
  • to get eligible medical treatment that isn’t available in Australia.

Defence training

If you’re attending an Australian Defence Force Reserves training camp, you’ll get your payment for the duration of the training.

Evidence we need

You need to give us a written statement from the camp commander or the person in charge. It must show all of the following:

  • camp details
  • duration of the camp including the start and end dates of the camp
  • camp location.

Page last updated: 14 January 2022