Jobseeker Confusion.


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Some people are confused with the Jobseeker payments,  and how much they will be getting.

Recent News reports stated that the $550 coronavirus supplement will reduce at the end of December.

550 Jobseeker ends December

The Federal government however has stated that the $550 payment ends in September….

550 Jobseeker ends September

The opposition leader has stated that the Government is good at messages but not delivery..


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The Prime Minister originally planned for the extra $550 Jobseeker to end in September, but then replaced that with a $250 payment that will end in December.  There are no plans to extend after 2020.

The images above are screenshots from National Media articles,  some designed to confuse us??

For those confused..

The $550 ends in September, and is replaced with just $250.

The $250 ends in December.

These payments, the Coronavirus supplement, often mentioned as being for Jobseeker,  are also paid for other benefit recipients.  It is not ONLY for Jobseeker.

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  2. The Prime Minister has now stated that coronavirus recipients should expect some part of the supplement to continue into 2021.

    On Tuesday 27 October, he said that tbey expect the new JobSeeker rate will be lower than what it is right now, but it should be higher than the old Newstart rate.

    Mr Morrison said a decision on the COVID supplement after December would be made before 17 December.

  3. One postive, in the changes, is that the income-free threshold will increase to $300 per fortnight from September 25.

    That means you can earn $300 in a fortnight without a reduction in Jobseeker.

    Anything above $300 in the fortnight will see your benefit reduced by 60 cents for each dollar you earn.

    For example, if you earn $400 in the fortnight, you benefit will be reduced by $60. ($400-300=100 at 60 cents = $60). You will be better off by $360 from the $400 extra income.

    If you earn $800 in the fortnight, you benefit will be reduced by $300. ($800-300=500 at 60 cents = $300). You will be better of by $500, from the $800 extra income.

    The above calculations do not take income tax into account.

    How your partners income affects jobseeker.

    Your Jobseeker payment will also be reduced by 27 cents for every dollar that your partner earns above $1,165 a fortnight.

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