Unrealistic criteria and poor communication are causing people who need it most to lose an important income support.
BlueScope steelworks, Port Kembla.
The forum is also critical of Australia on several other fronts, including income support for the unemployed, job market flexibility and the recognition of trade qualifications.
People on benefits are borrowing from the government to pay for essentials like power bills and car repairs. But repayments leave them with even less than before.
The JobSeeker payment is set to increase by an extra $40 a fortnight from September, but only if the budget measure gets through parliament.
Robodebt affected hundreds of thousands of people and undercut trust in our political and social welfare systems. Unless we act on today’s royal commission report, something like it will happen again.
In this podcast, Labor MP Julian Hill joins Michelle Grattan to discuss the job market and getting people into work, artificial intelligence, Julian Assange, and TikTok.
While Albanese (who lands back in Australia on budget eve) basks in the international limelight, at home Treasurer Jim Chalmers this week has been feeling the heat of the spotlight.
The treasurer’s handpicked advisory committee recommended he lift the base rate of JobSeeker for everyone. He is acting as if it didn’t.
Delivered against a background of rising inflation, increasing interest rates and huge global uncertainties, Labor’s first budget will also contain $33 billion in extra funding for pensions and payments.
Unemployed Australians who accessed their super during COVID stayed on benefits seven weeks longer than similarly-placed recipients who did not.
On September 20, the single rate of JobSeeker will climb $25.70, to $668.40 a fortnight – its biggest-ever automatic jump. Yet that’s only $17,378 a year: not even two-thirds of the poverty line.
The concept of unemployment and an unemployment rate is fairly new, dating back to the end of the second world war. It’s increasingly unfit for purpose.
You might be surprised to know that many unemployed Australians are not on unemployment benefits. And then came COVID – which saw a big shift in how many people were able and willing to claim.
Even with the latest small increase, JobSeeker remains low by overseas standards – and, on one measure, it’s the lowest in the OECD.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
A new report on the ongoing impact of the pandemic on social service providers in Victoria found jobs and labour force participation are far from fully recovered.
The Conversation’s best graphs have removed doubt, surprised, and told entire stories.
A new book tells the story of the offices and frontline staff who work with Australia’s most disadvantaged job seekers.
Women’s March 4 Justice in Melbourne, March 2021.
Research undertaken for the National Summit on Women’s Safety has found one in four young Australian women in financial hardship experienced abuse from a current or former partner.
JobKeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement ended earlier this year. But the last few months in have shown the COVID crisis is far from over in Australia.
Mutual Obligations ought to help the unemployed find jobs more quickly. New research finds the opposite, and the jobs don’t pay as much.