End of coronavirus support explained

The special social security arrangements put in place by the Government in response to the coronavirus pandemic come to an end this week.

Significantly, the Coronavirus Supplement of an additional $150 per fortnight for people receiving JobSeeker Payment will cease from 1 April 2021.

However, the JobSeeker Payment rate has been increased by $50 a fortnight from the pre-COVID Newstart Allowance rate.

There have also been changes to reporting and eligibility requirements, including the JobSeeker payment income test and partner income taper, which were relaxed as a special Coronavirus measure. Information on what you need to know about the changes to JobSeeker, including waiting periods and mutual obligations, can be found here.

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