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Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker details were announced on July, 21, 2020 and on August, 7, 2020 by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

This is the news from August, 7: 

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.

IDEAS will update the below information to bring it in line with today's changes shortly. See here for the Government Fact Sheet. 

This is what we know from the Media Release on July 21. 

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.'

All of the current arrangements will remain in place till the end of September. Whatever you are being paid now, will be the same till the end of September.

Both the JobKeeper and JobSeeker supplement will be extended. They will be at lower rates.


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

JobKeeper from October to December, 2020 will be per fortnight:

- $1200 for tier 1

- $750 for tier 2 for those working less than 20 hours a week

JobKeeper from January to March, 2021 will be per fortnight: 

- $1000 for tier 1

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


Job Seeker to continue to end of December.  Government will review at the end of the year to see if it needs to continue.

Changes to the payment at end of September are:
Coronavirus supplement falls from $550 per fortnight to $250.
People can earn up to $300 per fortnight before payments reduce.

Mutual Obligations to return in 2 Phases for JobSeeker

Phase 1 - August 4th
- People will need to reconnect with employment services

- undertake 4 job searches a month

- take jobs where offerred

Phase 2 - End of September

- the job search amount will be higher

- take jobs where offerred

In both phases there will be penalities where people do not take jobs offerred.

More Information

Economic Response to the Coronavirus - The Treasury

Centrelink Website

We broke down the details of both programs earlier this year - What You Need to Know About Centrelink and COVID-19

COVID19 Disability Information Helpline if you need to speak to someone. Free Call: 1800 643 787

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