Unemployment Benefits in Australia 2009

Unemployment Benefits in Australia.

An example of current benefits available to the unemployed in Australia at September 2009


Maximum fortnightly payment

  • $456.00 single, no children
  • $493.30 single, with dependent child(ren)
  • $493.30 single, aged 60 or over, after nine continuous months on payment
  • $411.50 Partnered (each)
  • $574.50 single, principal carer of a dependent child

Plus you may also be entitled to some of these extra payments and benefits:

  • Education Entry Payment – An extra, non-taxable Education Entry Payment supplement of $950 is also payable if you enrol in your course
  • Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card – see note 1:
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program Supplement
  • Pensioner Education Supplement
  • Pharmaceutical Allowance – $6 per fortnight
  • Remote Area Allowance
  • Rent Assistance – up to $111.80 per fortnight
  • Telephone Allowance – $23.40 per quarter
  • Training Supplement – $41.60 per fortnight is payable to eligible Newstart Allowance jobseekers
  • Work for the Dole Supplement – an extra $20.80 per fortnight.
  • Note 1: A Health Care Card also entitles you to various concession from State and Territory Governments and local councils ??these could include:
    • discounts on property and water rates
    • discounts on energy bills
    • a telephone allowance
    • reduced fares on public transport
    • discounts on motor vehicle registration
    • free rail journeys.

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