Growing Jobs and Small Business – Youth Employment Strategy – revised waiting period for youth income support

The 4 week waiting period would be served prior to the 1 week Ordinary Waiting Period. For more information about the 1 week Ordinary Waiting Period visit our website.

This Budget measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

This measure replaces the 2014-15 Budget measure, Stronger participation incentives for job seekers under 30.

From 1 July 2016, a standard 4 week waiting period will apply to job seekers who are:

The 4 week waiting period would be served prior to the 1 week Ordinary Waiting Period. For more information about the 1 week Ordinary Waiting Period visit our website.

During this period job seekers will be required to complete activities, as directed by their jobactive organisation, to receive payment after the waiting period has been served.

Activities could include:

  • meeting with a jobactive organisation
  • agreeing to a Job Plan
  • developing an up-to-date resume
  • creating a job seeker profile on the JobSearch website
  • providing evidence of satisfactory job searches with up to 20 job applications

Failure to complete the activities within the 4 week period would result in the lapse of the application for income support and the job seeker would be required to reapply.

From 1 July 2016, subject to the passage of legislation, job seekers aged under 25 will no longer be eligible to receive Newstart Allowance. For more information about this measure ‘Increasing the age of eligibility for Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance’ visit our website.

Questions and answers

Who is affected by this measure?

This measure will affect job seekers:

Who is eligible for this measure?

Eligible customers are job seekers:

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 July 2016 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 15 March 2016

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