Understanding Unemployment Payments and Disability Support Pension

Welfare Rights Centre invite you to join the February community legal education event, Understanding Unemployment Payments & Mutual Obligations.

A number of Centrelink payments are tied to a requirement to look for work, including JobSeeker, Youth Allowance (job seeker) and Parenting Payment (where the youngest child has turned 6 years old). These payments have ‘mutual obligations’ attached, which can include having to look for work, go to appointments, attend interviews with an employment service provider, undertake specific activities, Work for the Dole, and take up a ‘reasonable’ offer of work. The penalties for not ‘satisfying’ mutual obligations are harsh, including cancellation of payment for an extended period.

Other payments, like Age Pension, Youth Allowance (student) and Disability Support Pension, have different rules about looking for work, undertaking work and/or income from employment.

Then there are a number of ways people can accumulate ‘points’ that can be offset against future income, including Income Bank, Working Credit and Work Bonus.

And what should people do if they’re unwell and unable to fulfil mutual obligation requirements?

This community legal education session will provide an overview of all-things-work, including mutual-obligations, the operation of income tests, current COVID-19 arrangements and what to do if a person is threatened with a penalty or payment is cut off. It will also outline what to do if a claim is rejected, including where to go for help.

Jointly presented by a Welfare Rights Solicitor and our CLE Officer, this session will include consideration of case studies and time for questions. You’re welcome to submit questions before the session to ensure areas of particular interest are covered.

Register Here to attend, Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

Understanding Unemployment Payments and Disability Support Pension
10:00am – 12:00pm AEDT
Wednesday 17 February 2021
Via Zoom

Please get in touch if you’ve any questions. Or check out more sessions on our Clinical Legal Education page at www.welfarerightscentre.org.au/community-legal-education.

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