Support for Individuals
JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement
JobSeeker is the new name for Newstart. It is the government’s unemployment benefit.
Individuals affected by the coronavirus crisis can receive a temporary ‘coronavirus supplement’ at a rate of $550 per fortnight for six months on top of the usual benefits obtained through Centrelink.
This will be available to existing and new recipients of JobSeeker (pka. Newstart), Youth Allowance, Parenting Payments, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.
Sole traders and casual workers who are currently earning less than $1,075 a fortnight will be eligible to receive JobSeeker and this supplement also.