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Extension of JobKeeper and JobSeeker

The Morrison Government’s JobKeeper and JobSeeker programs are continuing to work together to support Australian workers who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Under the changes from 28 September 2020, the rate of JobKeeper will be $1200 per fortnight for full time employees, $750 per fortnight for people employed under 20 hours.

Recipients of the $1200 payment may also be eligible for a part payment of $276 per fortnight; and those on the $750 payment may also receive $546 per fortnight including the Coronavirus Supplement, bringing the total taxpayer funded income to $1476 and $1295 per fortnight respectively. This represents a very significant level of continuing taxpayer support. Labor’s criticism is unfounded and demonstrates that it is only interested in running negative campaigns.

JobKeeper and JobSeeker remain a crucial part of the Morrison Government’s unprecedented $314 billion investment in the Australian economy. This includes Economic Support Payments consisting of:

– 89,500 payments in Ballarat electorate totalling $67,125,000
– 89,214 payments in Bendigo electorate totalling $66,910,500
– 77,439 payments in Corangamite electorate totalling $58,072,500
– 85,003 payments in the Corio electorate totalling $63,752,250

As part of the changes, all states except for Victoria which is still recovering from its second wave, will gradually return to the mutual obligation for job seekers to seek work opportunities.

JobSeeker and JobKeeper are part of an unprecedented level of economic support being provided by the Morrison Government to support lives and livelihoods at this very challenging time.

28 September 2020

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