Moving to an area of lower employment prospects waiting period

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

This waiting period can apply if you’re a job seeker either claiming or getting:

If you move from your original residence in the 26 weeks before claiming these payments, the non-payment period may apply and will start from the date you moved. Your non-payment period may be less than 26 weeks. 

Exemptions or waivers

You may be exempt from the waiting period if:

  • your new home is within 90 minutes travel time from your original home, or 60 minutes if you’re a principal carer, parent 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
  • you have a good reason for moving, such as:
    • to live with an immediate family member who already lives there
    • you get Youth Allowance and moved 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

If you return to your original residence or move again to an area that improves your job prospects this may reduce the waiting period.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017