You need to actively look for work while you’re getting Youth Allowance for job seekers.
What you need to do
While you’re getting Youth Allowance for job seekers, you'll need to:
- look and apply for jobs as part of your Job Plan
- attend relevant training
- report any income for you and your partner
- tell us about any change to your circumstances
You need to report these things to us every 2 weeks to keep your payment.
Read more about meeting your mutual obligation requirements.
How to report
Your Job Plan is a record of the things you have agreed to do to give you the best chance of getting a job.
You’ll negotiate your Job Plan with us, or your employment services provider.
The Skills for Education and Employment program can improve your speaking, reading, writing or basic maths skills to help you get and keep a job.
To meet your mutual obligation requirements, you'll need to look for work. You may also do other activities to help you get a job. These activities will be included on your Job Plan.
You may have different rules and exemptions based on your situation.
These are usually if you’re:
You can also get temporary exemptions if:
- you have a major personal crisis, such as the death of an immediate family member, domestic violence or homelessness
- there’s a major disruption to your home, such as a fire or flood
- you have temporary caring responsibilities for an adult or child
Not keeping your commitments
If you don’t continue to look for work your payment might be reduced or stopped. Read more about penalties for not meeting mutual obligation requirements.
If you don’t report changes to your situation, this may result in a debt you’ll need to repay.
There are things you must do to keep getting your payment and have a better chance of finding work.
Job seekers and ParentsNext participants could get demerits and financial penalties for not meeting mutual obligation requirements without a valid reason.
Job seekers in the Community Development Program may get a penalty for not meeting mutual obligation requirements without a valid reason.
To get your payment while outside Australia, you must remain eligible for Youth Allowance.
Page last updated: 26 June 2019