Job Commitment Bonus – cessation

Subject to the passage of legislation, the Job Commitment Bonus programme will cease from 31 December 2016.

Information update: this Budget measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

Subject to the passage of legislation, the Job Commitment Bonus programme will cease from 31 December 2016.

Any person who is eligible to claim the first $2500 Job Commitment Bonus or second $4000 Job Commitment Bonus on or before 31 December 2016 will still be able to submit a claim.

Questions and answers

Who is eligible for this measure

You may be eligible to claim the first payment of $2500 if:

  • you received Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance as a job seeker, or a combination of both, for at least 12 continuous months while aged 18 or older and under 31 years of age
  • your payment stopped after 1 July 2014 and prior to 31 December 2015 due to finding gainful work in Australia
  • you worked for 12 continuous months, and
  • you are an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder living in Australia

You may be eligible to claim the second payment of $4000 if you:

  • received the first Job Commitment Bonus payment between 1 July 2015 and 31 December 2015
  • have completed a further 12 continuous months of gainful work in Australia
  • have not received an income support payment from us during this period, and
  • continue to be an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder living in Australia

You will continue to have 90 days from when you become eligible to submit your claim, for example if you are eligible for the Job Commitment Bonus on 31 December 2016 you will have until 31 March 2017 to submit your claim. If there are special circumstances preventing you from claiming within the 90 days, you may be granted an extension and have a further 90 days to submit your claim.

The date this measure will start and finish

This is a current measure that will cease on 31 December 2016.

Page last updated: 12 September 2016

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