Media Release: COVID-19 Mutual Obligations Arrangements: Further Extensions of Suspension and Assistance to Job Seekers

The lifting of mutual obligations will continue until 22 May 2020 as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

During this time employment services remain open and available to support job seekers to prepare for and find available jobs.

The Government has a strong expectation that job seekers will continue to work positively with their employment service provider, and take advantage of all the support that is available.

To further assist job seekers to prepare for and move quickly back into work, the Morrison Government is also bringing forward the Employment Fund credit for the most job-ready job seekers to be available immediately, rather than after 13 weeks, which is currently the case.

This change will apply to job seekers who commence in jobactive from 4 May 2020.

The Employment Fund can be used by employment service providers to purchase work-related items including licences, equipment, training or qualifications to ensure workers are prepared and able to take up critical roles in the economy.

These arrangements by the Morrison Government continue to support Australians through the challenges presented by COVID-19 and will be continually reviewed.

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