In March 2020, we temporarily paused mutual obligation requirements because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
From 4 August 2020, you need to:
- agree to a Job Plan if you haven’t already
- be willing to accept any offer of suitable paid work.
- undertake job search if it’s one of your activities
- do the activities you agreed to do in your Job Plan if it is safe to do so.
You’ll need to do these activities, if you have mutual obligation requirements and you’re getting 1 of these payments:
If you have an employment services provider, you also need to attend appointments with them. You can do this over the phone or online.
Doing your activities can help your chances of finding a job.
Keep in mind, you need to attend job interviews and accept an offer of suitable work. Even if it’s not the kind of work you used to do, or prefer.
Remember, you also need to report your income every 2 weeks, even if it’s $0. This includes your partner’s income.
What happens if I don’t meet my requirements?
If you refuse a suitable job offer without a reasonable excuse, we may cancel your payment. If it’s cancelled, you may have to wait at least 4 weeks to reapply for an income support payment like JobSeeker Payment.
You may be exempt from mutual obligation requirements in certain circumstances.
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You can also check advice from local health authorities on the latest restrictions in response to COVID-19.
You can read more news for Job seekers.
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