For specific information about services available in your area, see the following:
There is a range of support available to help people who have lost their job, including advice on looking after yourself, help with finances and help to determine the next steps on your journey.
If you have lost your job you could be eligible to receive help from jobactive. jobactive is the Australian Government’s employment service, designed to meet the needs of job seekers and employers and improve job outcomes.
jobactive can provide you with tailored help to find a job and is delivered by jobactive providers located around Australia. The help available includes:
- help looking for work, writing a résumé and preparing for interviews
- referrals to jobs in your local area
- training that is suited to the skills that local employers need
- case management so that you are ready to take up and keep a job.
Your jobactive provider can also provide access to resources to help with your job search including the internet, printers and newspapers.
For more information call the Employment Services Information Line on 13 62 68.
A factsheet is available with more information for people who have recently lost their jobs.
Structural adjustment programmes
If you have been retrenched from an eligible company then you may be able to receive extra support.
Fact Sheets are available to help workers who lose their jobs from:
- Hazelwood Mine and Power Station
- The automotive manufacturing industry
- The forestry industry in Tasmania
- Caterpillar Underground Mining in Burnie, Tasmania
- Alinta Energy in South Australia
- BlueScope Steel, in Port Kembla, NSW
- Queensland Nickel, in Townsville, Queensland
- Carter Holt Harvey Factsheet
To be eligible for support a job seeker must register with a jobactive provider no earlier than three months prior to their redundancy exit date and no later than six months after their redundancy exit date.
To find out what Centrelink benefits you may be eligible for, please use the Centrelink Payment Finder.
Receiving Centrelink benefits after redundancy
If you receive a payout as a result of your position being made redundant, you may be subject to an Income Maintenance Period that will affect how quickly you can start receiving certain payments and allowances.
Family Tax Benefit Part A or B
Your entitlement to Family Tax Benefit may change as a result of your redundancy.
Low Income Health Care Card
If you become unemployed you may be eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card.
You may be able to receive Rent Assistance through Centrelink. To receive Rent Assistance, you must also meet the residence requirements of your pension, allowance or benefit.
Special Child Care Benefit
The Special Child Care Benefit provides extra assistance with your child care fees. It can be granted to families experiencing hardship, including loss of employment. For more information go to the My Child website.