The Prime Minister announced the extension of the JobKeeper and JobSeeker programs beyond the current deadline in September, albeit with significant cuts.
JobKeeper will be reduced from $ 1,500 every two weeks to $1,200 for full time workers and $750 for part time workers (20 hours per week or less). In December this amount will drop to $ 1,000 for full time workers and $ 650 for part time workers. There will be a new eligibility test introduced in October, but it will remain based on business turnover.
JobSeeker will be reduced from $ 1,100 to about $ 800 every two weeks, and coronavirus supplement will be reduced from $550 to $250 for the last quarter. The program will end on March 28.
The Prime minister said the plans you ‘re now getting for Jobseeker and Jobkeeper will be in place until the end of September. ”As we know the condition, I’m very willing to believe that after December the COVID supplement will continue”.
Mr. Morrison said he believed that most Australians realized that the government would not be able to support JobKeeper programs indefinitely. He said: “They know an ongoing scheme that burns capital, money, and taxpayer money, which is about $ 11 billion a month, and that cannot go on indefinitely.” Australians understand this. They also understand that JobSeeker at high levels cannot go on forever.” He defended JobKeeper from criticism that it paid more casual workers who earned more income during the epidemic than they were before.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the effective unemployment rate – that is, Australians who left the workforce or worked zero hours – is 11.3 percent. The current JobKeeper program supported 960,000 companies and 3.5 million workers and helped 44 percent of companies from sacking employees.
The treasurer said he expected unemployment to rise despite the set of government measures.
When it comes to JobSeeker Supplement for Coronavirus, it will cost around $ 3.8 billion to extend it through December.”
“We are in a struggle over our lives,”Frydenberg said I think this is a major blow to the Australian economy and the global economy. “In the United States, there were 33 million jobless claims have been made in the last seven weeks, with the unemployment rate rising to 14.7 per cent.” “In the seasons until March and June, around 600 million jobs were lost worldwide. “Australia has performed much better than any other developed country” he said.