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. 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 
  • temporarily incapacitated for work or study
If you have taken a redundancy or leave payment, we can provide you with support while you look for another job. Read more if you have been retrenched or made redundant.

If you pay or receive child support, make sure we know about any changes to your circumstances. Changes may affect the amount of child support you pay or receive. You can update your child support arrangement by calling using your Child Support online accounts through myGov or calling 131 272. Read more about changes that affect your child support.

Support to help find work

A jobactive organisation, Disability Employment Services or Remote Jobs and Communities Programme provider can help you look for work and get a job. You may be referred to one of these providers if you have Mutual Obligation Requirements and claim:

Read more about jobactive on the Department of Employment website.

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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