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    Default URGENT about NEW CENTERLINK PAYMENTS during COVID19 just announced.

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    You can't get both parenting payment and jobseeker payments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowangel0205 View Post
    You can't get both parenting payment and jobseeker payments.
    NO you didnt read it properly. I DONT get parenting payment. I am ineligible for parenting payment because my husbands income is 54000 and the cut off is 48,000

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mummamania View Post
    Okay, nobody shoot me down, Im just asking...about JOBSEEKER PAYMENT

    My husband earns 54,000 a year. So I have never been able to get parenting payment partnered or anything like that, because until now the partner's income limit was 48,000. So I've only ever got Family Tax A and B.

    Scomo has JUST raised the partner's income limit to 79,000 for Jobseeker payment (There is NO mention of parenting payment partnered)

    Im currently a SAHM and quite happy being one, BUT if I "look for work" I can now get the new Jobseeker payment at $550 a fortnight PLUS the Coronavirus supplement at $550 a fortnight. Very tempting to start "looking for work" if it means an extra $1,100 a fortnight. Especially with the cost of groceries skyrocketing.

    ALSO the mutual obligations to actually look for work are currently suspended. So registering as unemployed, which, if you know the Liberals, they consider all SAHMs to actually BE unemployed anyway, then that's an extra $1,100 a fortnight.

    This cant be true surely. I don't think they've thought it through.

    What do people think?

    Look I know nothing about it because I am not in this position, but I would have thought that you would need to give them proof that you have lost your current job due to COVID. Highly unlikely they have left the door wide open for every unemployed person in Australia to access these payments.
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    I'm unsure if you would be eligible. I was stood down from my job and applied for the job seeking payment. I had to supply my payslips, stand down notice and savings account info. I was still ineligible because of my husbands pay.

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    As others have said the new job seeker is only for those who have lost their jobs because of what has happened

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    I doubt the government are that dumb.

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    At surface level, it seems like a loophole that should be closed, but there are some things to consider as to why it wouldn't be a fair approach to only have those with covid related job losses eligible for the increased threshold.

    Consider the following;
    We're in a situation where very few companies will be hiring, and there will be a high number of people applying for any jobs that ARE available.

    We're probably going to see far lower, if any, wage growth and day to day expenses may rise with so much of the world shutdown, so what people could live on before may not be enough soon.

    Circumstances change and when you may have previously changed jobs to suit your individual needs, you can no longer do this.

    Personally speaking, I was planning on re-entering the workforce within the next few months now that my children are getting older and their expenses are increasing, but that's certainly not going to happen now. I doubt I'm the only one in this situation. The economical impact of this doesn't just affect those that have lost their jobs, but anyone that isn't living in a stagnant bubble.
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    Given I have a family member that has lost their job due to this and doesn’t meet their criteria to receive payment I doubt it will be that easy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loh4 View Post
    Given I have a family member that has lost their job due to this and doesn’t meet their criteria to receive payment I doubt it will be that easy
    The current criteria is the same for everyone, whether you have lost your job due to covid or not. If they don't amend it so there is one threshold for covid job losses and one for everyone else, it will be that easy.


 

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