Newstart Allowance

The main income support payment while you’re unemployed and looking for work.

Eligibility basics

  • at least 22 but under age pension age
  • looking for paid work
  • under the income and assets test limits
  • prepared to meet mutual obligation requirements
We’re changing requirements relating to drug or alcohol misuse. Read more about changes to help support people with drug or alcohol misuse.
From 1 July 2018, you may need to meet with an Employment Services Provider before you get your first payment. Read more about changes to getting your first Newstart and Youth Allowance payment.

What you need to do

  1. Check if you can get it.
  2. Find out how to claim.
  3. Make an agreement to look for a job and report regularly.

Your Newstart Allowance may not start until you go to your first appointment with an Employment Services Provider.

Your payment will stop if you don’t keep your agreement to look for work and can’t give us a good reason.

How much you can get

Most single people can get around $538.80 every 2 weeks. But this depends on things like your employment status, personal circumstances and savings.

Check how much you can get based on your situation.

Page last updated: 4 July 2018