JobSeeker Payment

A payment for people between 22 and Age Pension age who are looking for work, or who can’t work or study for a short time.

This is a Services Australia payment.

This payment rate has changed

The rate of JobSeeker Payment for some customers increased from 20 September 2023.

Who can get it

To get this payment, you must:

  • be between 22 and Age Pension age
  • meet the income and assets tests
  • meet residence rules.

You also need to be either:

  • unemployed and looking for work
  • sick or injured and can't do your usual work or study for a short time.

Find out more about who can get it and how much you can get on the Services Australia website.

Depending on your circumstances, you may have to wait before you receive your first payment.

How to get it

Claim online

You'll need to link Centrelink to your myGov account, if you haven’t already.

If you don’t have a myGov account

Follow the steps to create a myGov account. After you’ve created one, you can link services to your account.

If you can't claim online

Call the employment services line on the Services Australia website.

Help in your language

Call the Centrelink multilingual phone service on 131 202 to speak with someone in your language. Centrelink will be closed on:

  • Monday 25 December 2023
  • Tuesday 26 December 2023
  • Wednesday 27 December 2023
  • Monday 1 January 2024.

Find information in more languages about Centrelink on the Services Australia website.

Page last updated: 30 November 2023