Charities would be ‘flooded’ if JobSeeker cut

The Raise the Rate campaign is seeking a permanent increase to the JobSeeker payment (Raise the Rate website)

A cut to the JobSeeker payment would lead to Australians flooding charities and community groups, a new report from a peak social services agency claims. Source: The New Daily.

The Morrison Government is under pressure to outline its plans for the unemployment payment, and not slash it back to its pre-pandemic rate of $565 a fortnight – well below the poverty line.

The unemployment payment was effectively doubled with a limited-time "coronavirus supplement" earlier this year, but the rate is set to be slashed from $1115 per fortnight to just $815 from September 25.

The Australian Council of Social Service yesterday released a report, with evidence from social workers about the benefits of the boosted JobSeeker benefit on their clients.

The report was conducted in July by the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW.

It was released to coincide with a national day of action from the Raise The Rate campaign, with supporters being encouraged to contact “their local MPs and the Prime Minister on social media and over the phone” to push for the welfare payment to remain at its higher rate.

A family services worker quoted in the report said they feared that without the increased JobSeeker rate, “the burden that will fall onto the community sector will be too great and the system will collapse”.

The Government has not indicated what the JobSeeker rate could be after the pandemic has passed, but it has hinted heavily it won’t revert to the old rate.

On Tuesday, shadow education minister and former deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said she wanted to keep the rate above the pre-pandemic level, but also declined to flag an exact number.


JobSeeker examined: How a rate cut may ruin thousands of Australians (By Josh Butler, The New Daily

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