Category: JobSeeker

More Australians Falling Below the Poverty Line: Charities’ Surveys

Surveys from charities have indicated that more Australians are having difficulty paying housing, food, and basic medical care expenses. The Australian branch of the Salvation Army has witnessed a substantial increase in the number of people asking for help over the past year. In a survey of more than 1,400 people visiting its emergency relief…


Australian State Announces $1 Billion Recovery Package for Businesses

The New South Wales (NSW) government has unveiled a $1 billion (US$702 million) support package for businesses hit hard by the Omicron outbreak as the new wave continues to dent consumer confidence and the labour force. On Sunday, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the government had the back of every business and worker in the…


Community Organisation Calls For More Support for Disadvantaged Job Hunters

Anglicare Australia has called for more support for job seekers with barriers to return to work while criticising the federal government’s JobSeeker program as a “failing” system. According to Anglicare, there are around 27 job seekers applying for the same entry-level job and people without qualifications or work experience are spending an average of five…


Australian Government Set to Increase Jobless Benefit After Pandemic Supplement Ends in March

The Australian government is set to introduce a permanent rise in the JobSeeker payment rate by $50 a fortnight. This will be the first real increase to the unemployment benefit in Australia since 1994. It is also the largest increase since 1986 and is expected to cost the country $9 billion dollars over the next…


Treasurer Avoids Making New Job Prediction

Josh Frydenberg says the Australian labour market has outperformed expectations but he has declined to make a new prediction on the outlook for unemployment until the May budget. But he remains adamant the JobKeeper wage subsidy will end in March as planned, even though he concedes some regions in Australia are still doing it tough….