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The Government is ending the JobKeeper payment and Coronavirus supplement and making changes to JobSeeker. Mutual Obligations for JobSeeker and other income support recipients now also apply. 

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The JobKeeper Payment will finish on 28 March 2021. 

JobKeeper rates from January to March 2021 per fortnight: 

- $1000 for people working twenty hours or more a week.

- $650 for tier 2 for those working less than 20 hours a week.


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

The additional Coronavirus Supplement ends on 31 March 2021. 

The JobSeeker payment will have an additional $25 per week from April 2021. 

Changes to JobSeeker:

  • Permanently increase the rate of working-age payments by $50 a fortnight from 1 April 2021
  • Permanently increasing the income-free earnings to $150 per fortnight for JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance (other) from 1 April 2021;
  • Temporarily extending the waiver of the Ordinary Waiting Period for certain payments for a further three months to 30 June 2021;
  • Temporarily extending the expanded eligibility criteria for JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance (other) for those required to self-isolate or care for others as a result of COVID-19 to 30 June 2021. 

 Read more: What you need to know about Centrelink and COVID-19

Mutual Obligations

From 28 September 2020, mutual obligation requirements are compulsory.

This means if you’re a job seeker you must:

  • do all the tasks and activities listed in your Job Plan
  • go to appointments with your employment services provider
  • complete and report your job searches
  • accept any offer of suitable paid work.

If you don’t meet your mutual obligation requirements, suspensions, demerits or financial penalties may apply.

For more information, look at Mutual Obligations explained.

More Information

IDEAS has made an eBook of useful info and resources to help you stretch your dollars and cents. We know that these changes to income support are putting strain on Australians with disabilities and their families and friends.

Download Money Matters eBook

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