Looking for work
Help while you look for work.
What payments are available while you look for work
There are 2 main income support payments:
- Newstart Allowance for job seekers 22 and over but under Age Pension age
- Youth Allowance for jobseekers 16 to 21.
You may be eligible for 1 of these payments while you’re either:
- looking for work
- completing approved study or training to help you get a job.
You may be eligible for other payments. Use our Payment and Service Finder to help you find payments you may be eligible for.
Read more about payments for job seekers.
Who can help you find work
Employment services providers can help you prepare for and look for work. They provide access to training as well as computers and phones to help you look for jobs.
We can refer you to an employment services provider in your local area.
jobactive is a service that helps connect you with employers and find work. You can start looking for work now using the jobactive website.
You can read more about jobactive on the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business website.
Disability Employment Services
Disability Employment Services can help you find and keep a job if you have any of these:
- a disability
- an illness
- an injury.
Community Development Program
Helps job seekers who live in remote areas of Australia. You can gain skills that match local jobs so you can get work and contribute to your community.
Read more about the Community Development Program on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.
Transition to Work
Transition to Work helps young job seekers find:
- study opportunities
They can help you build your skills and confidence to find a job. Talk to a provider in your area.
You can find a provider to see if you’re eligible on the jobactive website.
You can also read more about Transition to Work on the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business website.
What support is available if you've lost your job
If you’ve lost your job and got a redundancy or termination payment, there may be help available.
Read more about services that can help if you’ve been retrenched or made redundant.
What other services are available
These organisations can give you support and information.
MoneySmart helps you make the most of your money. Read the losing your job section on their website.
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has help for workers who have recently lost their job. It includes information for people made redundant from some companies in specific industries.
Australian Apprenticeships has information and resources about Australian Apprenticeships and the support available.
Beyond Blue provides knowledge and skills so you can protect your own mental health. It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you live. They can help if you’re experiencing anxiety or stress while looking for work or studying.
MensLine Australia is a phone and online support service. They provide specialist help to people affected by family and domestic violence. They also offer support to people using violence.
JobAccess helps people with a disability find a job.
JobSearch is a free online website with job vacancies advertised across all industries and regions in Australia.
myfuture can help you to make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions.
Page last updated: 1 July 2019