6.3.2 Jobseeker payment & youth allowance overpayments
This section contains 1 short topic on overpayment of JSP resulting from casual employment.
NSA casual earnings overpayment
Income earned by JSP recipients from casual employment or self-employment affects the JSP rate payable. If, as a result of casual earnings, a person received 'NIL' payment for 6 consecutive fortnights, they are NO LONGER considered unemployed from the end of the sixth fortnight and JSP is cancelled.
Casual earnings must be declared in the fortnight they have been earned regardless of whether they have actually received it or not. The amount declared must be the gross amount of earnings.
Recipients can declare their earnings on their fortnightly recipient statement notice. JSP recipients on variable reporting should declare their earnings in the fortnight they earned it instead of waiting until the form is due to be lodged. Recipients can also declare their earnings through Services Australia online services, Express mobile app, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) or via phone.
When casual earnings cause an overpayment of JSP, the calculation is based on income in each fortnight for which JSP was actually paid.
Act reference: SSAct section 1084 Certain money and financial investments not taken into account, section 1223(1) Debts arising from lack of qualification, overpayment etc.
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.2.1 JSP - qualification & payability
Employment income (1.1.E.102) overpayments
Overpayments that occur due to recipients not advising, or incorrectly advising of employment income may be reduced if the recipient has working credits to deplete.