Jobseeker / Coronavirus Supplement in 2021

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The Coronavirus Supplement might continue after December.

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

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

The supplement began on 27 April 2020 at $550 a fortnight, for a period of 6 months, until 25 September.

In September the government extended the payment period, but at a reduced rate of $250 a fortnight. This was scheduled to end on 31 December.

By the middle of December we will find out if it is to be extended again, and if so, at what rate.

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

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  2. A decision on whether the Jobseeker supplement will continue into 2021 is scheduled to be made before 17 December 2020.

    However, some news reports are saying that the Federal cabinet’s expenditure review has already signed off on a supplement extension, in early November, at a rate possibly $100 per fortnight less than the current $250 per fortnight.

    If correct, the new supplement would be $150 per fortnight.

    It began at $550 per fortnight on 27 April 2020.

    It reduced to $250 on 25 September 2020, with it being scheduled to end totally on 31 December 2020.

    If this information is correct, the new rate of $150 per fortnight will begin on 1 January 2021, probably for a 3 month period until the 28th March 2021.

    The Jobkeeper payments are also scheduled to end on 28 March 2021.

    Note: Although this supplement is often termed the ‘Jobseeker supplement’, it is actually the “Coronavirus Supplement” as it applies to many other
    welfare payments
    made by Centrelink.

    It is however, not available to Aged Pensioners.

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