Losing your job can be tough, but you can get through it. We'll guide you through how to make the most of your new situation, and how to get the help you need.
Finding the support you need
Finding yourself out of work can be challenging, but it can also be an opportunity for new beginnings. Once you know where to turn for support, it can become easier to take positive steps.
Managing your money
Without an income, it might be harder to pay bills and cover the costs of daily living. We’re here to help.
If you’re a NAB customer and struggling to make loan or credit card repayments, we may be able to help. Call 1800 701 599 to discuss how we can help, or find out more about financial hardship assistance.
Applying for unemployment benefits
You might be able to apply for JobSeeker payments, opens in new window from the government after you’ve been unemployed for six weeks. There’s no shame in claiming benefits. It’s a financial assistance tool to help cover your expenses while you’re looking for work – and you’ve paid taxes to earn it.
Getting outstanding employer payments
If you think your employer owes you unpaid wages, unpaid leave, redundancy pay, or payment in lieu of notice, contact the Fair Work Ombudsman, opens in new window. They can help make sure you’re not missing out on any money you may be legally entitled to.
Making insurance claims
You may be able to get a payout from your insurance company. Check your insurance policies to see what’s covered, and if you’re entitled to make a claim. If you’re unemployed because of illness or injury, check your illness and/or injury insurance with your provider to see if you're eligible.
Getting your debt under control
Paying the mortgage or rent and keeping on top of bills can become difficult, but our budgeting and saving tips can help ease the burden. There is also free financial counselling available through the National Debt Helpline, opens in new window.
If you’re struggling to pay bills, you may want to discuss financial hardship assistance with your service providers or lenders. They might be able to give you some flexibility on due dates.
Understand your legal rights
If you think you've been dismissed unfairly, it’s important to know your rights, and how to assert them. Remember, every situation is different.
Unfair dismissal and redundancy
Seek legal advice
Ask your friends and family to recommend a lawyer, or take advantage of free legal advice and services that may be able to assist., opens in new window
Getting a new job
In some cases, your employer may help you find a new job. If not, there are other options available to you.
You can also search for jobs, employment services and programs near you through JobSearch, opens in new window, or websites like Seek, opens in new window. There are resources online that can help you prepare an effective resume, opens in new window.
Using an agency
Signing up with a recruitment or employment agency can help you navigate the job search process. The government funded jobactive, opens in new window program connects Australians with jobs and training through a wide selection of smaller agencies.
Career development support
There are also programs available that cater to career development, such as the government’s My Future, opens in new window site. You may also be eligible for government funding and incentives, opens in new window for upskilling.
Mature-age worker employment incentives
Retirement is not the only option for older workers who find themselves out of a job. The government offers incentives of up to $10,000, opens in new window to eligible employers who employ mature-age workers.
Looking after your mental health
Whether you quit voluntarily or were let go, it's important to process what's happened and how you’re feeling.
Reaching out to loved ones
Be open and honest with your loved ones and spend time with your family and friends. Let them support you while you find work.
Taking advantage of your freedom
Being between work could be an opportunity to rediscover the things you love doing - whether that be hitting the gym, volunteering, learning a new language, or simply spending quality time with family and friends.
Dealing with mixed emotions
With a redundancy payout, you might be excited about taking a holiday or paying off your mortgage – you might also feel a little lost.
Making time with your GP
Depression and anxiety may creep in after redundancy or during unemployment. Knowing the warning signs and where to get help can make a big difference.
It’s common to not realise that you're suffering from depression or anxiety. It may not become clear until you see your GP. Once you're diagnosed, your GP can help you navigate the symptoms with a Mental Health Treatment Plan.
You can also reach out to Beyond Blue, opens in new window, they're a highly renowned source of help. They can explain how much mental health services cost, opens in new window, should you need them.
Help is just a call or click away
Contact Beyond Blue
Contact Lifeline Crisis Support
Contact Financial Counselling Australia
Call 1800 007 007 for free financial counselling or visit Financial Counselling Australia, opens in new window.
Contact NAB Assist
We're here to help
Not sure what to do next?
- Use the redundancy checklist to know what to do after a payout
- Use the unemployment checklist to know what to do if you've been let go without a payout
- Use the illness or injury checklist to know what to do if an accident has stopped you working.
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The information contained in this article is intended to be of a general nature only. It has been prepared without taking into account any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, NAB recommends that you consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances. NAB recommends that you seek independent legal, financial and taxation advice before acting on any information in this article.