I'm thinking of in The Green Room Posted November 22, 2009 · Edited November 22, 2009 by Wilkshake You should have applied as soon as out of work. Apply ASAP, if you get a job in meantime is easy to cancel. You make appointment to see them, show you been let go from last position (separation cert, etc), and fill out paperwork. Nothing complicated. Leave sweet FA in your bank accounts, this will count against you if "reasonable" amount of funds there. Claim was spent paying bills if asked. Understand your obligations, receive the pittance the pay, find nerw job. Pretty straight forward. Only reason you should have to pay is you lie to them, about having no work, and need to repay monies received you were not entitled to. If you get caught. :P Straight-forward really. Make appointment or just turn up at office and wait, interview, fill out paperwork, and agrre to everything. Then wait 2 weeks before they do shit for you. Easy. Tho, no less painful. But if he's tossed in the job without a reasonable excuse (just cause he felt like it isn't a reasonable excuse) he's going to be looking at an eight-week non-payment period from the day after he last worked, before he'll get any money on Newstart. It's difficult to say what the outcome will be without having the full situation to look at. He was off the books. No problem. Doesn't matter whether it's off the books or not. Only thing will be that since it was off the books the employer will be less than forthcoming with a separation certificate. The non-payment period still applies.