Mandatory mutual obligations return for job seekers, excluding Victoria

This content was published on Friday 18 September 2020. There may be more recent updates available.

On Monday 28 September, mutual obligation requirements become mandatory for job seekers in all states and territories except for Victoria. 

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To meet your mutual obligation requirements, you must:

  •  participate in a provider appointment (for those with providers only)
  • agree to a job plan
  • apply for a set number of jobs each month agreed in your job plan
  • participate in activities where it is safe to do so.

If you do not meet these requirements, you may be subject to penalties or the cancellation of your income support payment.

Mutual obligations are tasks and activities job seekers must complete in return for your income support payment.  It's important to understand what mutual obligations are and how to meet them.

No mutual obligation penalties will apply to Victorian job seeker during the COVID-19 lockdown, until further notice.

For further information, visit Coronavirus information for job seekers