Job Commitment BonusJob Commitment Bonus

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.

Who is eligible for the Bonus?

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.

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How much is the Bonus?

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).

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What is considered gainful continuous employment?

Gainful work

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:

  • does not involve sufficient financial gain or reward, for example voluntary work for less than the Federal Minimum Wage or Award Wage
  • does not involve substantial and consistent personal exertion, for example occasional selling of own goods on eBay or garage sales, or occasional blogging
  • involves domestic or gardening tasks at your home, the home of a family member, your investment property or a family member’s investment property
  • involves the care of a family member or your foster child at your or your family’s place of residence
  • involves domestic tasks for a family member, your foster child, or another person at your place of residence or a family members place of residence
  • involves the management of financial investments in which you or a family member has an interest
  • involves nudity or is in the sex industry
  • contravenes Commonwealth, state or territory legislation
  • is for the purpose of achieving election of you to public office
  • is undertaken as part of certain Commonwealth funded programs, for example some participants in the Green Army Program, and the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme is done for the purpose of an academic, sporting or other scholarship, or
  • involves payment in kind or exchange of services.

Continuous work

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.

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How do I claim the Bonus?

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:

  • your family income estimate
  • personal and contact details, and
  • bank details

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