Jobseeker to be raised by $50 a fortnight when coronavirus supplement scrapped

Jobseeker to be raised by $50 a fortnight when coronavirus supplement scrapped

The Guardian

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Exclusive: The modest increase to the unemployment benefit is well below the $350 proposed by welfare advocates

Government ministers have agreed to permanently lift the base rate of the jobseeker payment by $50 a fortnight when the coronavirus supplement ends next month.

It’s expected the government will outline the future of the unemployment benefit as soon as Tuesday but Guardian Australia has been told ministers on Friday agreed to a permanent boost to the base rate of jobseeker.

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