Newstart Allowance - How much you can get

Newstart Allowance is paid every 2 weeks. Your payment amount will depend on your circumstances.

This includes:

  • your personal situation, such as if you have children and a partner
  • how much income you’ve earned in the past 14 days

These are the highest Newstart payments at the moment. This rate will vary depending on your circumstances.

If you’re: Your maximum fortnightly payment is:
single, no children $535.60
single, with a dependent child or children $579.30
single, aged 60 or over, after 9 continuous months on payment $579.30
partnered $483.60 each

single principal carer granted an exemption from commitments for any of the following:

  • foster caring
  • non-parent relative caring under a court order
  • home schooling
  • distance education
  • large family

Payment rates for Newstart Allowance are updated on 20 March and 20 September each year.

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Page last updated: 26 April 2017

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