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I’m self-employed - can I claim unemployment benefit?

Generally, contributions paid as a self-employed person do not count for unemployment benefit which would mean that you could not receive unemployment benefit as a self-employed person. But, if in 2018 you have at least 39 contributions paid or credited as an employed person, then any self-employed (or non-employed contributions) on your record for the remaining 13 weeks of the year will be treated as if they were employed person contributions. After 30 June, the relevant contribution year becomes 2019.