Newstart Allowance

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

From 1 January 2018, you need to confirm your relationship status if you’re a single parent on Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance.

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 payments 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: 6 February 2018