FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (COVID-19)
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Please note: These may change and you should check what changes may be made in the couple days or weeks to ensure you have the latest information.
The way it currently stands is if your partner earns more than $1,850 per fortnight ($48,100 a year) then you will not be eligible for the JobSeeker Payment. However, this has been broadly criticized and is under review.
JobSeeker allowance is tapered depending on how much you are earning. For example, a Single person with no children would only have their JobSeeker payment reduced to nil once their income reaches $1,086.50 per fortnight.
It is important to note that if you receive ANY amount as a JobSeeker payment you will still receive the full $550 per fortnight coronavirus supplement.
If you are eligible to receive JobSeeker payments, you may be able to receive rent assistance. It would also be worth contacting your agent/landlord and asking for assistance.
Waiting periods have been waived so you can apply for a JobSeeker allowance straight away and should also receive the $550 per fortnight coronavirus supplement.
Centrelink are waiving Asset testing from the 25th of March. This means that any savings would not affect your ability to receive JobSeeker allowance.
The pension will continue as normal and you will receive both Supplement #1 $750 and Supplement #2 $750.
A couple on the pension will receive $750 each for each Supplement. Therefore, it would be $1,500 on the 31st of March and $1,500 on the 10th July making it a $3000 total for the household.
Appendix: Centrelink Payments Types Eligible For At Least One Coronavirus Supplement
If you receive one of these payments, you will be eligible for both $750 supplements EXCEPT JobSeekers who will receive Supplement #1
and then go onto the $550 per fortnight coronavirus supplement.
- Age Pension
- Disability Support Pension
- Carer Payment
- Carer Allowance
- Parenting Payment
- Wife Pension
- Widow B Pension
- ABSTUDY (Living Allowance)
- Bereavement Allowance
- Youth Allowance
- Partner Allowance
- Sickness Allowance
- Special Benefit
- Widow Allowance
- Farm Household Allowance
- Family Tax Benefit A
- Family Tax Benefit B
- Double Orphan Pension.
You’ll also get the payment if you have 1 of the following concession cards:
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
- Veteran Gold Card.
You’ll also get the payment if you get 1 of the following Department of Veterans’ Affairs payments:
- Veteran Service Pension
- Veteran Income Support Supplement
- Veteran Compensation payments, including lump sum payments
- War Widow(er) Pension.
You’ll only get 1 payment per supplement, even if you get more than 1 qualifying payment or card.