Moving to an area of lower employment prospects

If you move and it reduces your chances of finding work, you may need to serve a non-payment period of 26 weeks.

This non-payment period can apply if you move when getting, or in the 26 weeks before claiming, one of these payments:

To decide, we compare factors at your old and new addresses, including:

  • size of labour markets, and
  • unemployment rates

We’ll let you know when you claim or update your address if you’ll have a non-payment period. If you’re thinking of moving and want to know how it may affect your payment, contact us.  

You may not have the non-payment period applied if:

  • your old and new addresses are in the same town and postcode
  • you’re moving to, or within 90 minutes travel from:
    • Sydney
    • Melbourne
    • Brisbane
    • Perth
    • Adelaide
  • your new home is within:
    • 90 minutes travel from your original home, or
    • 60 minutes travel if you’re the principal carer of a child or have a partial capacity to work
  • you provide proof of better job prospects, such as a job offer, vacancy data or skills in need in your new area
  • you have a good reason for moving, such as:
    • to accept or start an offer of suitable employment
    • to live with an immediate family member who already lives there
    • you get Youth Allowance and move to live with your parents
    • to treat or ease a physical disease or illness and you have medical evidence
    • you were in an extreme or life threatening situation, such as family and domestic violence
    • you’ve been homeless and have been offered stable long-term housing in the new area

If you return to your original residence or move again to an area that improves your job prospects this may cancel the remaining non-payment period.

This information was printed Monday 27 May 2019 from It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at when using this material.

Page last updated: 7 August 2018