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    Could your friend find more work quickly if she doesnt have kids? even a job at a fast food outlet is better than nothing!
    Newstart really is nto enough to live off of but I guess thats he point of it otherwise theyd have people living off of it for years!

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    I remember saying to a CL guy on the phone they needed to increase the rent assistance. he laughed and said every 2nd person says that and it won't happen

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    She's apparently too old for Macca's work, they only like putting on young kids, costs them less wage wise. She's started applying, but the job she had took 18 months to get, she finally moved back out of her parents place and bang she's unemployed again

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    Can I ask what your friend did before she was let go? Is she trained in anything?
    If I were I'd be signing up to all the recruitment companies I could find. And I mean private recruitment not
    Job services. Also i believe you can find work as long as you are realistic about what you do and you're not too picky. If your friend has no children ya not like she has to juggle child care or work certain hours. Perhaps your she can settle for a job such as cleaning in the interim until she gets back on her feet. It doesn't have to be a forever job but just a way to alleviate some stress!

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    Forgot to add; re: newstart allowance. I think it's so low because it's not really meant to be 'lived off'. Most people on NSA have requirements to look for work so are deemed to be 'workable'. The govt is NEVER going to make NSA an amount to 'live off' because they want 'workable' people to work and those deemed 'not suitable' are on the pension. I'm not trying to start a debate or anything but that's just how I see it!
    It's terrible about your friend and I really hope she finds work soon.

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    NSA is not supposed to be lived off it is a stop gap when you are between employment and not a way of life.
    I worked in job network for 8 years prior to having children and there really is plenty of jobs out there it just depends On what you are prepared to do - especially if there are no cc constraints.
    Good luck to your friend - suggest she approach every private employment agency in her area for work, she should also visit her job network provider and see what assistance they can provide her with for looking for employment


 

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