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
If you were getting an eligible payment on 2 April 2019, we’ll pay you an Energy Assistance Payment in June.

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: 1 May 2019

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