Payments for job seekers

We offer income support if you are looking for work and financial assistance to complete approved studies.

We also provide payments if you have a disability and are looking for work.

Income support while you look for work

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.

Newstart Allowance provides financial help if you are looking for work and supports you while you take part in activities that may increase your chances of finding a job.

Youth Allowance supports young people with financial assistance if they are 16 to 21 years old and looking for full-time work or undertaking approved activities.

Payments to help you study or train

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Austudy is financial help for full time students and Australian Apprentices aged 25 or more.

ABSTUDY helps with costs for if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian who is studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.

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

In addition to payments like Austudy, ABSTUDY and Youth Allowance, you may also be able to get other payments to help you study or train.

The Pensioner Education Supplement helps students improve their chance of finding a job through study by helping with the ongoing costs of full time or part time study in a secondary or tertiary course.

You may also be able to get Education Entry Payment to help with the cost of study.

Child care costs while you look for work or study

Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA) provides extra help with the cost of approved child care if you are a parent undertaking activities such as job search, work, study, or training. You may also be able to get JETCCFA if you are undertaking rehabilitation to enter, or re-enter, the workforce as part of an Employment Pathway Plan.

Parenting Payment provides income support to parents or guardians to help with the cost of raising children.

Job seekers with a disability

Disability Support Pension provides financial support if you have a physical, intellectual, or psychiatric condition that stops you from working or if you are permanently blind. If you are eligible, you may receive a fortnightly Disability Support Pension, along with other benefits, including a Pensioner Concession Card. If you start working again, you may still receive Disability Support Pension, depending on the hours you work for and how much you earn.

Mobility Allowance can assist if you have a disability, illness or injury and taking part in approved activities. The allowance helps with transport costs if you cannot use public transport without substantial assistance, either permanently or for an extended period.

The Youth Disability Supplement provides additional financial support to young people with a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability who receive certain income support payments.

Assistance for overseas trained professionals

If you are a skilled overseas trained professional, the Assessment Subsidy for Overseas Trained Professionals program can help you with the cost of assessments and exams you need to pass so you can practise in Australia. Only certain approved professions are covered by ASDOT.

Other government and community support services

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

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.

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.