Changes to Welfare Payments to come in effect from these dates

After much delay, the changes in welfare payments have been approved. These changes are going to affect one and all in Australia and to have an easy implementation, the changes will be implemented in an orderly series. Following are the changes that are being brought to the welfare payments in Australia. Take a look

Changes to come into effect from July 1

  • Unlike before, the unemployed population will not be able to get access to the excuse of drug or alcohol dependency to avoid job search unless they agree to get a treatment.
  • Persistent and deliberate non-compliance will attract stronger penalties.
  • Earlier welfare claimants received payments from the date they first contact Centrelink but now the payments will be received from the date of lodging the claim.
  • To encourage job seekers for active job search, they will receive the payments from the date they attend their first appointment with their employment service provider.
  • Closure of widow allowance for the new entrants. The payments will cease in 2022 and the last recipients will be transferred to age pension scheme.

Changes to come into effect from September 20

Now only volunteer work will not suffice for payments for the job seekers in the age bracket of 55 to 59 years.

Changes to come into effect from March 20, 2020

New JobSeeker Payment scheme will be introduced. Seven of the existing payment schemes will be consolidated and new payment scheme will replace all.


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