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Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker will mean more people can get both

The JobKeeper payment and the JobSeeker coronavirus supplement are being reduced over the next week. This means that thousands of people will face a substantial cut to their income.

However, this also means that some people receiving JobKeeper will be able to get an income support payment like JobSeeker, because of changes to the amount you can earn before affecting your payment.

The JobKeeper payment will continue until March next year, but payments will drop from $1,500 to $1,200 a fortnight after 28 September for people working full-time. People working part-time (less than 20 hours a week) will get just $750 a fortnight.

The JobSeeker coronavirus supplement will continue for another three months, but will drop from $550 to $250 a fortnight after 25 September.

At the same time that the JobKeeper payment decreases, however, the income-free amount for JobSeeker is increasing. This means that people can earn more before it affects their JobSeeker payment.

People on JobSeeker will be able to earn $300 a fortnight instead of $106 before their payment is affected. The lowering of JobKeeper will mean that more people will be able to receive both payments.

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You can read more and check your eligibility for JobSeeker on the Services Australia website.

23 September 2020
Applies to all states