Who can get it
You need to meet eligibility requirements to get Newstart Allowance.
To get Newstart you must:
- be at least 22 and not at Age Pension age (65 to 67)
- meet residence rules
- be unemployed, with income or assets below a certain amount
- prove you're looking for work
- not be on strike
You can get Newstart while you earn money from a part time or casual job. You can generally earn up to $104 every 2 weeks before we start reducing your payment.
You can use our Payment and Service Finder to help you check if you’re eligible.
Page last updated: 1 April 2019