Changes to Newstart rates and thresholds

From 20 September 2019, Newstart rates and thresholds will be indexed.

Changes to Newstart rates and thresholds

From 20 September 2019, Newstart Allowance rates and thresholds will be indexed. Find out if your payment will be affected.

Newstart Allowance payment rates from 20 September 2019

Family situation Payment rate (per fortnight)
Single, 22 or over, no children $559.00
Single, 22 or over, with children $604.70
Single, 60 or over, after nine months $604.70
Partnered, each $504.70


Income test
Under the income test applied to the Newstart Allowance, you can earn up to $104 per fortnight pre tax, before your payment is affected.

For income levels above $104 but less than $254 per fortnight, your payment will be reduced by 50 cents for every dollar you exceed the threshold. For income above $254 per fortnight your payment reduces by 60 cents until you reach the cut-off threshold.

Newstart Allowance thresholds from 20 September 2019

Family situation Payment cut-off threshold
Single, 22 or over, no children $1075.34
Single, 22 or over, with children $1152.67
Single, 60 or over, after nine months $1163.00
Partnered, each $983.34


Newstart applicants will also be subject to an asset test.

For more information on Newstart, visit Humanservices.com.au

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    Paddington
    16th Sep 2019
    7:49pm
    First group that needs a boost and will spend it all!
    Arvo
    17th Sep 2019
    8:09am
    When they do get a job they will spend much more. So what's your problem?
    jackie
    16th Sep 2019
    8:53pm
    All Australians seeking work should not be means tested because they have paid taxes and NSA is not permanent support. The payment needs to be increased to the pension rate to cover job seeker expenses. Morrison needs to get rid of the Indue card and visa workers.
    80 plus
    17th Sep 2019
    11:17am
    the problem is finding a job, any job !