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  • Changes to Australian Government COVID-19 payments

    Tuesday November 24 2020

    Changes continue to come through for the Australian Government’s coronavirus support payments. Both JobKeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement have been extended, though the rates will go down, and the Supplement may be extended again up until 31 March 2021. There also hasn’t been an end date given for Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments. Coronavirus Supplement The […]

  • More support for apprentices and trainees

    Thursday October 15 2020

    The Australian Government is extending and expanding the support its offering to apprentices and trainees during coronavirus (COVID-19). The Government offers this support to apprentices and trainees who are employed through the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy. The support will now include medium-sized businesses, as well as small businesses, that had an apprentice in […]

  • Mutual obligations to start up again

    Wednesday September 23 2020

    On 28 September, mutual obligations for people receiving payments like JobSeeker and Youth Allowance will start up again. This doesn’t include people who live in Victoria. The Australian Government suspended mutual obligations in March because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Mutual obligations include things like: going to appointments with employment services applying for jobs training voluntary work. […]

  • Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker will mean more people can get both

    Wednesday September 23 2020

    The JobKeeper payment and the JobSeeker coronavirus supplement are being reduced over the next week. This means that thousands of people will face a substantial cut to their income. However, this also means that some people receiving JobKeeper will be able to get an income support payment like JobSeeker, because of changes to the amount […]

  • A new Disability Response Centre for coronavirus

    Tuesday September 8 2020

    The Australian and Victorian governments are working together to improve how they respond to, and manage, coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in disability residential care. To do this, they are focussing on supporting staff and services to limit the number of places a staff member can work, as well as improving how they manage outbreaks through a […]

  • Changes to the JobKeeper payment

    Tuesday August 4 2020

    The Australian Government has extended the JobKeeper payment until 28 March 2021. This payment was originally due to finish by the end of September 2020. However, there will be changes to the payment rates and what full-time and part-time workers are eligible for from 28 September 2020. What will change? The JobKeeper payment will be […]

  • Mutual obligations have started again

    Tuesday June 23 2020

    After the Australian Government suspended them in March because of coronavirus, mutual obligations are now being reintroduced. Mutual obligations are the things you need to do if you’re on payments like JobSeeker to help you get back into work. They include training, upskilling and proof that you are searching and applying for jobs. This may […]

  • JobSeeker Payment and the DSP

    Tuesday April 28 2020

    A lot of people have been asking about whether they should switch to the JobSeeker Payment from the Disability Support Pension (DSP) during coronavirus. The DSP helps support people (16 or over) who have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops them from working. People on the JobSeeker Payment will be getting an […]

  • Disability Support Pension

    Thursday April 23 2020

    The Disability Support Pension (DSP) is an income support payment that helps support people (16 or over) who have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops them from working as much as they need to. The Australian Government is making some changes to help people on the DSP during coronavirus. Extra payments Economic […]

  • JobKeeper Payment and the DSP

    Thursday April 23 2020

    The JobKeeper Payment helps cover the costs of wages for businesses significantly affected by coronavirus. If you are an employee, you may be able to receive the JobKeeper Payment, even if you already receive the Disability Support Pension (DSP). This includes if you work at an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE). If your employer can claim […]