If you are approved for a Centrelink payment, such as the Jobseeker payment, you will be required to fulfil what is known as “mutual obligations”.
While you are receiving payments, your obligations will include things like applying for jobs or undergoing training.
Some people, such as sole traders and self-employed people with a certain income, people caring for someone who has coronavirus or who is self-isolating, or even parents of children whose school has closed, may even have their mutual obligations waived.
In any case, Services Australia will let you know what is required of you while you are receiving the Services Australia payment. If your circumstances change, and you feel you may fit into one of the exemption categories, you will need to call Services Australia to advise them.
If you are unfamiliar with Services Australia payments, it is important to understand that failing to report changes in your circumstances, failing to check in on allocated days and attend appointments as directed by Services Australia can affect your payments under normal circumstances.
It is important to understand what is expected of you and follow through at the required time to ensure your payments continue to arrive in your bank account on time.
If appropriate, Services Australia will connect you to a local job services provider such as MAX.
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