Welfare suspensions have increased 40% under the government’s new compliance regime, as new data reveals participants on Australia’s flagship jobs program had their payments temporarily cut off more than 1m times in six months.
And while the new system, which sees the unemployed handed “demerit points” for failing to meet their required activities, has also resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of “financial penalties”, the new figures show small numbers of Australia’s most vulnerable job seekers are still being thrown off income support.
SOURCE: Luke Henriques-Gomes. “Welfare Suspensions Increase by 40% under new Compliance Regime.” The Guardian, 20 February 2019.
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