Release type: Media Release


Supporting Greater Brisbane Through COVID-19


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

The Australian Government will lift mutual obligation requirements for job seekers in the Greater Brisbane area from today 8 January 2021 until Sunday 17 January 2021.

This follows an announcement by the Queensland Government that Greater Brisbane will undertake a three-day shutdown to curb a COVID-19 outbreak in the area.

No job seeker in the affected areas will face payment suspension or financial penalties for failing to meet their mutual obligation requirements – such as not being able to attend appointments or activities. 

Job seekers are still being encouraged to remain connected to employment services to ensure they are supported to access the full range of assistance including mental health services, if required.

This will apply to job seekers in jobactive, Online Employment Services and Disability Employment Services and participants in ParentsNext.

The Australian Government will continue to closely monitor the situation in Queensland.

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