Social security payment increases

Several social security payments made to people who are not in a couple—including Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance and Austudy—would be increased by $75 a week, under a private senator’s bill introduced in the Senate.

Sep 25, 2018

Presenting the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending the Poverty Trap) Bill 2018, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert told the chamber, ‘The increase to these payments is to assist in alleviating poverty, reducing income inequality and, where appropriate, to help people to more effectively access study and employment … In a wealthy country like Australia, no one should be left behind. All of us should be free to live a good life with access to socials services—regardless of our postcode, parents or bank balance.’