Coronavirus Australia: How job seekers can access $1100 a fortnight

This article is authored by Lucy Quaggin and is originally published by 7NEWS. You can view the original article here.

Australian job seekers are set to have their payments temporarily doubled, as part of the government’s second stimulus package.

The JobSeeker Payment, formerly known as Newstart, will be paid at an additional rate of $550 per fortnight to both existing and new recipients during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The coronavirus supplement will provide an additional $550 a fortnight on top of the existing JobSeeker or Newstart payment and will be available for sole traders and casual workers who meet the income test,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.

“This means anyone eligible for the maximum JobSeeker payment will now receive more than $1100 a fortnight, effectively doubling the JobSeeker allowance.”

The time-limited supplement will be also be given to those who receive Youth Allowance jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.

“Anyone who is eligible for the coronavirus supplement will receive the full rate of the supplement of $550 per fortnight,” the federal government said in a statement.

There will also be expanded access to income payments over the period of the coronavirus supplement.

Who will get the payment?

This will include those who lose their jobs during the pandemic, whether they’re full time, casual or a sole trader.

“JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance JobSeeker criteria will provide payment access for permanent employees who are stood down or lose their employment; sole traders; the self-employed; casual workers; and contract workers who meet the income tests as a result of the economic downturn due to the coronavirus,” the statement said.

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