Job seekers who do not meet their mutual obligation requirements will receive stronger and more immediate penalties.
Description of the measure
Job seekers who do not meet their mutual obligation requirements will receive stronger and more immediate penalties. These include:
- financial penalties for not attending activities will be taken from the current fortnight’s payment, rather than the following fortnight
- job seekers who do not adequately search for a job will have their income support payment suspended. When they show they are genuinely searching for a job, back pay will be received
- job seekers who receive serious failures for not accepting suitable work will no longer be able to have the financial penalty waived
- penalties for not attending specialist service provider appointments will be brought in line with the new, stronger rules for non-attendance at Employment Services Provider appointments
- job seekers who do not enter into a Job Plan will have their payment suspended until they enter into a Job Plan. Unless they have a reasonable excuse they may not receive back pay
- job seekers who do not attend appointments with the Department of Human Services will have their payment suspended until they attend. When they attend, back pay will be received
Questions and answers
Who is affected by this measure
This measure will affect job seekers who have ongoing Mutual Obligation Requirements, and are receiving:
- Newstart Allowance
- Youth Allowance (other)
- Parenting Payment Single, where their youngest child is at least 6 years of age
- Special Benefit
Who is eligible for this measure
Job seekers receiving income support payments who are not meeting their mutual obligation requirements.
The date this measure will start and finish
This measure will start on 1 July 2016 and is ongoing.