West Australians support Coronavirus Supplement increase

The Federal Government is cutting the JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement to just $282. This will plunge an extra 250,000 Western Australians into poverty.

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This week, the Federal Government is cutting the JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement to just $282. This will plunge an extra 250,000 Western Australians into poverty.

Released on Monday, the independent Above the Line – Perceptions of Poverty in WA report reinforces community support to permanently increase payments above the pre-COVID rate of $40 a day.

This will enable vulnerable Australians to cover the basics for living such as food, housing, transport and bills.

Conducted in August 2020 by Painted Dog on behalf of a coalition of community service providers including Communicare, Anglicare WA, Foodbank WA, Ruah Community Services, Uniting WA and WACOSS, the report has uncovered important insights into the perceptions of poverty and JobSeeker in our State, including:
  • 56% of West Australians on JobSeeker could not afford a necessity in the past 3 months
  • Only 2 in 5 West Australians correctly estimated the Coronavirus Supplement payment
  • 73% of West Australians support a permanent increase in the JobSeeker rate
Click here to view the report.

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