Employment status verification

To help us make the right payments to people, we may ask you to verify an employee’s or job seeker's employment status.

We have authority to get information from employers under section 192 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999.

Requests for employee information

We may ask you to complete a report verifying details about a past or present employee. This helps to make sure we provide the right payments or services.

Read more about requests for employee information.

Employment Verification Reports

We may send you an Employer Verification Report. This includes an Employment verification letter and a questionnaire. It is used to confirm employee details to make sure they receive the correct payment or service from us.

Read more about how to complete an Employment Verification Reports.

Employer Contact Certificates

Employer Contact Certificates help us determine a job seeker’s eligibility for payments. A job seeker may ask you to sign an Employer Contact Certificate to verify their job search efforts.

To qualify for Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance, job seekers must actively look for and accept any work they are capable of doing. This work may be full time, part time, casual or temporary.

We issue certificates to some job seekers receiving these payments. They will ask a potential employer to sign the certificate to verify they made a genuine attempt to find work. They will return the certificate to us.

You are not obliged to sign the certificate.

Employment Separation Certificates

Employment Separation Certificates help us pay people the right amount from the correct date.

We may ask you to complete an Employment Separation Certificate. This tells us information about someone who has left your employment, decreased their working hours or changed from full time to casual work. This request may also come from an employee or former employee.

Read more about how to complete an Employment Separation Certificate.

Page last updated: 8 April 2016

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