The Job Commitment Bonus is an Australian Government tax free reward for long-term unemployed young people who find sustainable employment. The payments are conditional on retaining work for an extended period. The initiative commenced on 1 July 2014, with the first payments available from July 2015.
Young job seekers aged 18 to 30 who have been on Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance as a job seeker continuously for 12 months or more.
If you find a job and stay completely off welfare for 12 months, you will be eligible for a payment of $2,500. If you stay in work and completely off welfare for another 12 months (24 months altogether) you will receive an additional payment of $4,000.
Even if you work for more than one job (either at the same time or consecutively), you will still qualify for the Bonus (one payment only for every 12 month period).
Gainful work means working for financial benefit or reward whether as an employee or as a self employed person. That could mean wages or commissions paid to you or fees/payments which a self employed person receives from their customers.
Certain types of work aren’t eligible for the Job Commitment Bonus. These may include work which:
As long as the period between ending one job and starting another does not exceed 5 business days you will still qualify for the Bonus, provided those periods do not exceed 28 days in total in a work period.
You are able to take leave as long as it is either authorised paid or unpaid leave. This includes annual leave, personal leave, carer’s leave or another type of leave.
You cannot be eligible for more than one Job Commitment Bonus for the same 12 month period.
It’s easy to claim your bonus online if you are eligible. You just need to register for a Centrelink online account and link it to your myGov account.
To create your myGov account visit my.gov.au.
You will need to prove that you have been continuously working to claim the Bonus. Keep all copies of your payslips for 12 months to claim the first bonus, and payslips for a further 12 months to claim the second Bonus.
You must make your claim within 90 days after the end of the 12 and 24 month qualifying periods.
It is important that you notify Centrelink if your circumstances change. Keeping Centrelink up to date means they will assess you correctly. Some changes you will need to tell them about include: