Release type: Joint Media Release

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Suspension of mutual obligation requirements in NSW extended

Ministers:

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
Minister for Families and Social Services
Minister for Women's Safety

The Morrison Government has extended the suspension of mutual obligation requirements after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were further extended in parts of New South Wales.

The suspension of mutual obligation requirements will apply to New South Wales job seekers and participants in the Bayside, Blue Mountains, Canada Bay, Central Coast, City of Sydney, Greater Sydney, Inner West, Randwick, Shellharbour, Waverley, Wollongong and Woollahra and will remain in place until Tuesday 20 July 2021 inclusive.   

These arrangements will apply to job seekers in jobactive, Online Employment Services, Disability Employment Services and participants in ParentsNext who live or are serviced in these areas.  

Job seekers and participants in these areas will not face payment suspensions or financial penalties for failing to meet their mutual obligation requirements that are due, or are arranged to occur, during the suspension period of mutual obligation requirements.  

Job seekers and participants in these areas are still encouraged to stay connected to employment services to ensure they are supported to access the full range of assistance including mental health services if required, and to continue to check when their mutual obligation requirements are due following the temporary suspension. 

Special Circumstances Exemptions continue to be available through Services Australia for job seekers who require them.

The Government will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation in New South Wales. 

More information about mutual obligation requirements can be found at: dese.gov.au/covid-19/job-seekers