Changes to JobSeeker rates and thresholds

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From 20 March 2021, JobSeeker rates and thresholds will be indexed. Find out if your payment will be affected.

JobSeeker payment rates from 20 March 2021

Family situationPayment rate (per fortnight)
Single, 22 or over, no children$570.80
Single, 22 or over, with children$617.50
Single, 60 or over, after nine months$617.50
Partnered, each$515.40

Income test
Under the income test applied to the JobSeeker payments, you can earn up to $300 per fortnight pre tax, before your payment is affected.

If you earn above $300 per fortnight, your payment reduces by 60 cents for each dollar over this amount. 

JobSeeker thresholds from 20 March 2021

Family situationPayment cut-off threshold
Single, 22 or over, no children$1097.00
Single, 22 or over, with children$1176.00
Single, 60 or over, after nine months$1186.34
Partnered, each$1003.17

JobSeeker applicants will also be subject to an asset test.

For more information on JobSeeker, visit

Written by Ben


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