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The Government has extended emergency government support including JobKeeper and JobSeeker until March 2021 but the payments are changing.


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The Government has extended the JobKeeper Payment by a further six months to March 2021. Support will be targeted to businesses and not-for-profits that continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. The payment rate will be reduced and a lower payment rate will be introduced for those who work fewer hours.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said:

'the extra assistance would continue supporting hundreds of thousands of Australians who are without work, and offer businesses and their workers a lifeline to not only get through this crisis but recover on the other side.'

Both the JobKeeper and JobSeeker supplement have been extended. They are at lower rates than when they were first introduced.

JobKeeper

The JobKeeper Payment will go until the end of March 2021. It will be at reduced rates.

JobKeeper from January to March 2021 will be 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.


Easy English

Download: New Information about Job Keeper - Access Easy English

JobSeeker

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

The additional Coronavirus Supplement has fallen $300 from $550 per fortnight to $250. From 1 Jan 2021, it has reduced to $150 per fortnight and will continue through to 31 March 2021. This was announced in November.  

The additional Coronavirus Supplement has reduced to $150 per fortnight and will continue through to 31 March 2021. This was announced in November. The additional Coronavirus Supplement has reduced to $150 per fortnight and will continue through to 31 March 2021. This was announced in November. 


Newly announced on 23rd March, The jobseeker payment will have an additional $25 per week from April 2021. The changes 

  • 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.

 


Easy English

Download: Jobseeker 6 September 2020 - Access Easy English

 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

Economic Response to the Coronavirus - The Treasury
How changes to JobKeeper may affect you - Services Australia


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