Suspension of mutual obligation requirements in Sydney

The Morrison Government has suspended mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in the Local Government Areas of City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra.

The suspension of mutual obligation requirements for job seekers and participants in these areas will be applied from yesterday, Friday 25 June 2021 and will be in place until Tuesday 6 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 remain 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.

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

The Government will continue to closely monitor the situation in Sydney and in New South Wales more broadly.

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