Effective from 1 January 2015, the Government has proposed increasing the eligibility age for Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance from age 22 to age 24 for new claimants from 1 January 2015.

In addition, from 1 January 2015 all new claimants of Newstart Allowance (and Youth Allowance (Other)) who are under 30 years of age must undertake appropriate job search and participate in employment services support for six months before receiving payments. The six month period may be reduced where the claimant has prior workforce participation.

After six months, they will be required to undertake Work for the Dole for 25 hours per week to receive income support unless they are the principal carer of a child, are a part-time apprentice or are in education.