Newstart Allowance

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

To get this you must be:

  • 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.

Read the full conditions under who can get it.

Newstart Allowance will end in March. Don't stress, you don't need to do anything to move to the new payment. Read more about JobSeeker Payment is coming in March 2020.

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.

Page last updated: 3 December 2019