Raising the Rate of JobSeeker for Good

Research from Anglicare Australia and UnitingCare Australia shows that:

  • 2 out of 3 people (58 percent) who needed emergency relief were out of work on the old rate of JobSeeker. 1 in 2 (44 percent) had been coming to our services for a year or more.
  • Three quarters of surveyed jobseekers (72 percent) skipped meals every week on the old rate. Most skipped an average of 3-4 meals a week.
  • One in ten jobseekers (9 percent) were forced to couch surf on the old rate.
  • JobSeeker increases halved the percentage of people living on $7 a day, and left people with more income across the board.