Welfare obligations to return in Victoria

Daniel McCulloch
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Victorians on welfare will soon have to start looking for work or risk having their payments suspended.

The federal government is reintroducing mutual obligations requirements in Victoria on November 23.

Welfare recipients will need to look for eight jobs a month, participate in appointments with employment providers and accept offers of suitable work.

They will also need to agree to a job plan and participate in work-related activity in order to continue receiving payments.

People who have been on income support for more than a year will need to re-engage with work for the dole programs.

Mutual obligations returned for the rest of the country in late September, when Victoria was still in lockdown.

"A range of economic indicators reveal that the economy is recovering - with more Australians returning to the workforce and many businesses now looking for workers," Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said.

"As part of the arrangements, from November 23, jobseekers may be subject to income support payment suspensions or penalties if mutual obligation requirements are not met and there is no valid reason."

Victorians receiving both JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments may have mutual obligation requirements.

But people who only receive JobKeeper wage subsidies are not subject to the rules.

Sole traders and the self-employed are also exempt.