Over 9,000 Homeless People In Australia Suffer From Jobseeker Payment Suspensions- Reports
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 30th October, 2020) As many as 9,100 homeless people in Australia have been deprived of income support for not complying with mutual obligations for jobseekers since job agencies returned the obligations last month, The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.
In late September, the government announced the return of mutual welfare obligations halted over the coronavirus pandemic. This means that people should meet certain requirements to receive unemployment benefits, such as searching for up to eight jobs a month, signing a job search plan and participating in meetings with an employment services provider.
Given the figures, the Department of Employment late on Thursday revealed its plans to reduce the number of payment suspensions. In particular, under the current system, the payments are automatically put on hold when job agencies record that job seekers have missed an appointment or activity. Now, job seekers will have a "48-hour window" or grace period to contact their agency before their payments' suspension. The change will take effect starting in December.