Payments for job seekers

We offer income support if you are looking for work, completing approved studies or have a disability and are looking for work.

Income support while you look for work

Newstart Allowance provides financial help if you are looking for work or taking part in activities to find a job.

Youth Allowance supports young people 16 to 21 years of age, who are looking for full time work or undertaking approved activities.

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

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Payments to help you study or train

Austudy is for full time students and Australian Apprentices aged 25 or older.

ABSTUDY is for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who are studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.

Youth Allowance is for young people who are:

  • studying or training full time
  • undertaking a full time Australian Apprenticeship
  • looking for work, or
  • temporarily unable to work or study

In addition to these payments, you may be able to get other payments if you are studying or training.

The Pensioner Education Supplement helps with the ongoing costs of full time or part time study in a secondary or tertiary course.

You may also be able to get Education Entry Payment.

Child care costs while you look for work or study

Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance provides extra help to pay for approved child care when eligible parents undertake activities as part of their Job Plan or Participation Plan to enter the workforce such as:

  • looking for work
  • working
  • studying
  • training, or
  • rehabilitation

Parenting Payment provides income support to parents or guardians to help with the cost of raising children.

Job seekers with disability

Disability Support Pension provides financial support if you have a physical, intellectual, or psychiatric condition that stops you from working, or if you are permanently blind. If you are eligible, you may receive this payment along with other benefits, including a Pensioner Concession Card. If you start work, you may still receive this payment, depending on the number of hours you work and how much you earn.

Mobility Allowance helps if you have a disability, illness or injury and cannot use public transport without substantial assistance, either permanently or for an extended period. To be eligible you must be looking for work or participating in paid or voluntary work, study or training.

You are not eligible for Mobility Allowance if you are receiving a funded package of support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Youth Disability Supplement provides additional financial support to young people with physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability who receive certain income support payments.

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.

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Page last updated: 27 August 2017