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’re a job seeker, you may need to do extra activities so you can continue to meet your requirements. Read more about new requirements for mature age job seekers 30 and older.

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 $545.80 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: 21 September 2018