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.

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

jobactive - helping you get work

jobactive, the government’s new employment services system, started on 1 July 2015.

If you have any questions, speak to your jobactive provider, visit jobactive on the Department of Employment’s website or call their National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260.

Other government and community support services

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

MoneySmartThe MoneySmart website has information to help you make the most of your money. Visit the Losing your job section on the MoneySmart website.

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

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.

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

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