Looking for work

If you are looking for work, have recently lost your job, or are at risk of losing your job, there are payments and services to support you.

Payments when looking for work

Newstart Allowance provides financial help if you are looking for work. It supports you while you do activities that may increase your chances of finding a job, such as studying or training. The amount of Newstart Allowance you are paid depends on your situation. Waiting periods may apply.

Youth Allowance provides financial help for young people who are:

  • studying full time
  • undertaking a full time Australian apprenticeship
  • training
  • looking for work or
  • temporarily incapacitated for work or study
If you have taken a redundancy or leave payment, we can provide you with support while you look for another job. Read more if you have been retrenched or made redundant.

If you pay or receive child support, make sure we know about any changes to your circumstances. Changes may affect the amount of child support you pay or receive. You can update your child support arrangement by calling using your Child Support online accounts through myGov or calling 131 272. Read more about changes that affect your child support.

Support to help find work

We have self service terminals and printers in our service centres. You can search online for jobs, or prepare and print your resume.

A jobactive organisation, Disability Employment Services or the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Community Development Programme or Transition to Work provider can help you look for work and get a job. You may be referred to one of these providers if you have Mutual Obligation Requirements and claim:

Read more about jobactive and Transition to Work on the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

Other government and community support services

There are a range of other organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful. You can use Payment and Service Finder to locate assistance in your local area.

moneysmart logoMoneySmart has information to help you make the most of your money. Read the Losing your job section on the MoneySmart website.

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, you may find it helpful to talk to somebody about your mental health situation.

Australian Apprenticeships provides information and resources about Australian apprenticeships and the support available.

beyondblue provides information about this independent, not for profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related mental health disorders in Australia.

JobAccess offers help and workplace solutions for people with a disability looking for work and their employers.

JobSearch is a free online jobs website with job vacancies advertised across all industries and regions within Australia.

myfuture provides information about Australia's national career information and exploration service, helping people to make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions.

Page last updated: 28 February 2018