Media Release by Senator the Hon Anne Ruston

Suspension of mutual obligation requirements in NSW extended

Joint Media Release with:

  • The Hon Stuart Robert MP

The Morrison Government has extended the suspension of mutual obligation requirements after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were further extended yesterday in parts of New South Wales. 

The suspension of mutual obligation requirements will apply to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Shellharbour and will remain in place until Tuesday 31 August 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 New South Wales 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, 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 situation in New South Wales, and other jurisdictions affected by COVID-19 restrictions. 

More information about mutual obligation requirements can be found at: