Looking for work

If you are looking for work, have recently lost your job, or are at risk of losing your job, there are payments and services to support you.

Payments when looking for work

Newstart Allowance provides financial help if you are looking for work. It supports you while you do activities that may increase your chances of finding a job, such as studying or training. The amount of Newstart Allowance you are paid depends on your situation and waiting periods may apply.

If you’re a job seeker in the first 13 weeks of unemployment, you are able to work and you live in one of 40 selected areas, you may need to start attending Job Seeker Workshops.

Youth Allowance provides financial help for young people who are studying full-time, undertaking a full-time Australian apprenticeship, training, looking for work or sick.

If you’ve taken a redundancy or leave payment from your employer, we can provide you with support while you’re looking for another job. Read more about conditions and services if you are retrenched or made redundant.

If you pay or receive child support you should make sure we know about your change of situation. Changes to your circumstances may affect the amount of child support you pay or receive. You can update your Child Support arrangement by calling 131 272 or using Child Support Online Accounts. Read more about changes that affect your child support.

Support to help find work

Disability employment services

CRS Australia provides employment services to people with a disability, injury or health condition. Read more on the CRS Australia website.

Local Connections to Work (LCTW) is a program that helps disadvantaged youth and the long-term unemployed find work. The program brings a range of Australian Government services conveniently under one roof to help break down barriers to work. It is available in select locations around Australia.

Youth Connections can help if you are between 15 and 19, haven’t completed, or are at risk of not completing Year 12 or equivalent qualifications, and you have barriers that make it difficult to participate in education, training or employment.

The Australian Apprenticeship Access Program provides help to get training, support and assistance if you experience difficulty entering skilled employment.

Other government and community support services

There are a range of government and community organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful.

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, you may find it helpful to talk to somebody about your situation.

Australian Apprenticeships provides information and resources about Australian apprenticeships and the support available.

beyondblue is an, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related mental health disorders in Australia.

Experience+ Work Ready is a program under the Experience+ initiative helping mature-age people take part in the workforce.

JobAccess offers help and workplace solutions for people with a disability looking for work and their employers.

JobSearch is a free online jobs website with job vacancies advertised across all industries and regions within Australia.

MoneySmart offers tips and useful tools to support people make better financial decisions and help manage their money.

My future is Australia’s national career information and exploration service, helping people to make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions.