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JobSeeker set for modest $50 per fortnight increase | Bega District News




The unemployment benefit will be permanently lifted by $25 a week when the emergency coronavirus supplement is pulled in March. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on Tuesday means the base rate for JobSeeker will rise modestly to $615 a fortnight – or $43.57 a day – from April 1. Recipients of JobSeeker and Youth Allowance will also be able to earn $150 more a fortnight before their payment is reduced, a measure the government says will increase the incentive to look for work and take shifts available. The increase will cost the government $9 billion over the next four years. Mutual obligations – tasks like appointments with a job provider or job applications – will also be re-introduced at the levels required…

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