Mutual obligation changes for job seekers

People on JobSeeker are expected to accept any offers of suitable paid work from August 4.
People on JobSeeker are expected to accept any offers of suitable paid work from August 4.

MUTUAL OBLIGATION REQUIREMENTS BACK FOR JOBSEEKERS

As the Morrison government extends the JobSeeker coronavirus supplement to the end of the year, it is also reinstating mutual obligations.

FROM AUGUST 4

People looking for work are expected to:

* Participate in at least one phone or online appointment with their job services provider

* Agree to a job plan which lays out what a job hunter will do while on the payment to move back into employment

* Undertake four job searches a month

* Take part in training or other activities online or in person if safe.

PENALTIES

* Payments will not be suspended and financial penalties won't apply if job hunters can't meet the above requirements

* Payments may be cancelled if a job offer is rejected without a valid reason, and it would be four weeks before a new welfare application is allowed

* Job seekers struggling to meet obligations are encouraged to speak with their job service providers.

FROM SEPTEMBER 25

* Asset testing will be reintroduced

* The liquid assets waiting period will apply for new applications

* People on JobSeeker and Youth Allowance can earn up to $300 per fortnight without payments being affected, up from $106 and $143 respectively

* The coronavirus supplement will be $250 per fortnight from September 25 until December 31, down from $550

* JobSeeker payments will be reduced by 27 cents instead of 25 for every dollar a recipient's partner earns over $1165 a fortnight

* If a recipient earns less than $300 per fortnight their partner can earn up to $3086.11 a fortnight until their JobSeeker payment reduces to zero

* The government is expected to reveal the permanent JobSeeker rate in the October 6 budget.

(Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Services Australia)

Australian Associated Press