Eligibility for Newstart Allowance

You need to meet eligibility requirements to claim Newstart Allowance.

You may be eligible for Newstart Allowance if you:

  • are aged 22 years or older but under age pension age
  • are looking for suitable paid work
  • are prepared to enter into a Job Plan
  • are not involved in industrial action
  • meet income and assets test requirements
  • meet Mutual Obligation Requirements, and
  • meet residence requirements

Page last updated: 29 January 2016

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