Young people must meet the same conditions as other jobseekers to get a jobseeker's payment but they may need targeted supports to help them enter the workforce. A Youth Guarantee was introduced see below to support all young jobseekers and give them access to training, education, work experience or full-time employment. If you have just left school you cannot get Jobseeker's Allowance. To get Jobseeker's Allowance you must have been out of school for 3 months and you must be at least 18 years of age. The 3-month period starts from the day you leave school or the day following your last exam if you are doing exams.
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The ALRC does not propose to make any changes to activity test requirements for those aged 55 years and older. However, the ALRC asks for stakeholder comment about whether changes to the withdrawal rate for Newstart Allowance for recipients aged 55 years and older would have an effect on incentives for workforce participation. Job seekers aged 55 years and over have a concessional activity test option: they may satisfy the activity test if they undertake at least 30 hours per fortnight of approved and suitable voluntary work, paid work including self-employment or a combination of the two. They must still register and remain connected to a provider while undertaking these activities and are required to accept suitable paid work or referral to interviews. It recommended that, in the medium term, mature age job seekers should have the same participation requirements as other job seekers.
You can apply for JA, if you have been on JB and your payment has ended. It provides support to lone parents who have young children aged between 7 and If your employment or self-employment has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, or if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick, read our document on COVID coronavirus and social welfare payments.
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