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NSW has seen Australia’s fastest climb in the number of JobSeeker recipients over the past 5 years, despite the state’s success in managing the pandemic

The number of people receiving JobSeeker has increased the most in NSW over the past five years. Information released by the Department of Social Services suggests increases to JobKeeper during the pandemic shielded people from the worst effects of the economic downturn, but did not reverse ongoing trends. NSW has […]
NSW has seen Australia’s fastest climb in the number of JobSeeker recipients over the past 5 years, despite the state’s success in managing the pandemic
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‘It’s no surprise’: Calls to a women’s shelter service have spiked after the end of JobKeeper, the JobSeeker supplement, and renter protections

A NSW service connecting women to emergency accommodation is facing “nonstop” calls after government support measures and renter protections came to an end. Annabelle Daniel, CEO of Women’s Community Shelters, said it’s “absolutely no surprise” calls have increased. Many women escaping domestic violence are “much more financially vulnerable straight away,” […]
‘It’s no surprise’: Calls to a women’s shelter service have spiked after the end of JobKeeper, the JobSeeker supplement, and renter protections
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‘Cruel joke’: JobSeeker will reportedly increase by $50 a fortnight when coronavirus support ends, leaving recipients with less than $4 more per day

The Federal Government agreed to lift the JobSeeker rate by $50 a fortnight above pre-pandemic levels, according to a report in The Guardian. The news comes just weeks before the Coronavirus Supplement, which bolstered the unemployment payment through the pandemic, is slated to end. Advocates for the unemployed say an […]
‘Cruel joke’: JobSeeker will reportedly increase by $50 a fortnight when coronavirus support ends, leaving recipients with less than $4 more per day
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Advocates for unemployed workers have slammed a ‘divisive’ industry proposal to introduce a two-tiered JobSeeker payment from March 31

Advocates for the unemployed have condemned an industry proposal which would prolong the JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement, but only for the long-term jobless. The Australian Unemployed Workers’ Union called the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry proposal “divisive”. Under the proposal, those who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic would […]
Advocates for unemployed workers have slammed a ‘divisive’ industry proposal to introduce a two-tiered JobSeeker payment from March 31
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‘Undoing that good work’: Advocates are pointing to the damage that could be done if the government doesn’t extend JobSeeker

The federal government should permanently boost the JobSeeker payment despite promising new employment figures, says the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). Fresh jobs data yesterday revealed the unemployment rate dropped 0.2% in December to 6.6%, but advocates say those promising numbers don’t tell the whole story. The JobSeeker Coronavirus […]
‘Undoing that good work’: Advocates are pointing to the damage that could be done if the government doesn’t extend JobSeeker
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JobSeeker saved 155,000 Australians from the brink of homelessness. Now that lifeline is being slashed.

More than 155,000 Australians were saved from extreme rental stress due to increased government support during the pandemic, according to a newly published report by the Productivity Commission. Support organisation Homelessness Australia said it was more evidence the federal government should keep elevated JobSeeker payments. Mission Australian meanwhile called for […]
JobSeeker saved 155,000 Australians from the brink of homelessness. Now that lifeline is being slashed.
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Australians have amassed $200 billion in pandemic savings – and the government wants them to spend big as it slashes support

Australians have stockpiled around $200 billion in savings during the pandemic, anticipating a worse economic crisis. The money, largely accrued from record government spending measures, will help stimulate the real economy as programs such as JobKeeper and JobSeeker are wound back, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said. However, coming as government support […]
Australians have amassed $200 billion in pandemic savings – and the government wants them to spend big as it slashes support
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There are currently a record number of job vacancies in Australia – but the ‘odds are stacked’ against the unemployed

Australian businesses were hiring for a record 254,400 jobs in November. It marks huge job growth since August’s 206,100 vacancies, indicating growing employment. However, with unemployment hovering around 7%, there remains 3.7 unemployed Australians for each vacancy, at the same time government support is wound back. Visit Business Insider Australia’s […]
There are currently a record number of job vacancies in Australia – but the ‘odds are stacked’ against the unemployed