Australian Aged Pension and Work Bonus

How does the Work Bonus apply to the Australian Aged Pension.

Australians getting the Aged Pension are allowed to earn a small amount each fortnight, without affecting the amount they receive as their pension.

The basic rule is that their pension is NOT affected if they receive under $178 per … Read the rest

Social Security Legislation Amendment 2021.

The following Social Security Legislation Amendment 2021 was introduced into parliament on 27 May 2021.

If the legislation is passed, the new employment services model will come into effect from July 1, 2022, in just over 1 years time.

Peter Davidson, Australian Council of Social Services advisor, said: “We Read the rest

Parental Leave Pay Waiting Period Eligibility.

Parental Leave Pay Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period (NARWP).

Many Centrelink Government benefits will have either a 2 or 4 year newly arrived resident’s waiting period before becoming eligible to claim them.

From January 2022, many of those that are currently a TWO year newly arrived resident’s waiting period will … Read the rest

Centrelink: Residency for Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Subsidy Residency rules from Centrelink.

To get the Child Care subsidy you, or your partner, must meet the residence rules.

You or your partner must be living in Australia and have one of the following:

  • Australian citizenship
  • a permanent visa
  • a Special Category visa
  • a certain temporary visa
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Budget 2021 – Benefits for New Migrants

Four Year Benefits wait for New Migrants.

Australian Budget 2021.

Currently there is a four-year waiting period for some government payments, such as the jobseeker unemployment benefit and youth allowance.

From January 2022, that four-year waiting period will be extended to cover more government benefits, such as family tax benefit, … Read the rest

Annual Jobseeker or Newstart increases 2016 to 2021

Australian Unemployment Benefit increases 2016 to 2021

Unemployment Benefits in Australia have recently been known as either Newstart or Jobseeker, and are increased every year by the cost of living increase for that period.

The historical rates, shown below with the annual increase, are for each single person, with no … Read the rest

$50 Jobseeker Increase from April

The Jobseeker payment increase from April 2021.

It has been announced that the Jobseeker payment will increase by $50 per fortnight from April 2021.

Confirmation is to come.

This would make the fortnightly Jobseeker payments from April 2021, to become:

  • $615.70 Single, no children. An 8.83% increase.
  • $560.80 Partnered (each).
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Jobseeker Rate Discussions, February 2021

How much is the Jobseeker rate?

A news article today (16 Feb 2021) stated the following.

  • The old rate of JobSeeker was frozen for decades, leaving hundreds of thousands of people trapped in poverty,’ Anglicare Australia executive director Kasy Chambers said.
    ‘When the government raised the rate last year, it
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Confused? JobSeeker or JobKeeper

Confused by JobSeeker or JobKeeper?  You are not alone…

This post is to show that many people, including news outlets, and myself, can easily get confused by these two terms: JobSeeker and JobKeeper.

Keeping the original term “NewStart” instead of “JobSeeker”, might have been better.

This is a news … Read the rest