Suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the NT, ACT and Metropolitan Melbourne

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Greater Darwin and Katherine regions in the Northern Territory (NT) and extended the suspensions already in place for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Metropolitan Melbourne after confirmation today of COVID-19 lockdown arrangements in those areas.

The temporary suspension of mutual obligation requirements in the Greater Darwin and Katherine regions apply from today until Tuesday 24 August 2021 inclusive.

For the ACT, excluding the Jervis Bay area, the existing temporary suspension of mutual obligation requirements has been extended until Tuesday 7 September 2021 inclusive.

The existing temporary suspension of mutual obligation requirements for Metropolitan Melbourne has also been extended until Tuesday 7 September 2021 inclusive.

These arrangements will apply to job seekers in jobactive, Online Employment Services, Disability Employment Services, and participants in ParentsNext and the Community Development Program 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 temporary suspension period.

Job seekers and participants in these areas are 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. Job seekers and participants should continue to check when their mutual obligation requirements are due after the temporary suspensions end.

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

The Government will continue to closely monitor the situation in the NT, ACT and Metropolitan Melbourne, and other jurisdictions affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

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