Income Support

If you are currently receiving an income support payment, you can find up-to-date information about how it has been affected on the Services Australia website.

The JobKeeper payment has now finished.

There have also been changes to the JobSeeker payment (formerly known as Newstart Allowance).

  • The temporary Coronavirus supplement of $150 per fortnight ended on March 31, 2021.
  • From April 1, the basic JobSeeker payment rate has been increased by $50 a fortnight from the pre-COVID Newstart Allowance rate.

For more information on JobSeeker, go to Economic Justice Australia’s COVID-19 + Centrelink resources page.

The Welfare Rights Centre provides legal advice on Centrelink and social security matters to people in NSW.

These changes are likely to put financial strain on people with disabilities and their supporters.

IDEAS has published an ebook with useful information for people who are having trouble paying the power, water, phone and grocery bills.