The Australian Government is encouraging workers to start the process of applying for unemployment benefits in a bid to ease pressure on already strained state and territory governments and cut unemployment claims.
Key points:The Federal Government has been using a program that was introduced in October 2016 to help workers lose their jobs before the Commonwealth came to powerIn April this year, the Federal Government announced it would extend the program until March 2019 and start it in January 2019The Federal and state governments are working together to extend the benefits, which are due to expire on March 2019.
Key Points:The program was launched in October last yearThe Federal government is planning to extend unemployment benefits for up to three monthsThe program will begin in January this yearAnd it is expected to be expanded to cover up to 12 monthsA spokesperson for the Federal government said the program would be extended for up, three and 12 months.
“As the Federal Governments welfare policies are designed to help people who are unemployed, it is important to recognise that the program has a unique set of benefits that may be difficult to access for some people,” the spokesperson said.
“The Government recognises the importance of the long-term unemployed, particularly those in the long term unemployed, and is working closely with the states and territories to ensure that these benefits are available to all who need them.”
There are many Australians who have been looking for help for many months and the Government is providing support through the Unemployment Insurance (UIF) program.
“A spokesperson from the Commonwealth Department of Employment said the UIF was being extended to cover three months.
The spokesperson said: “UIF is available to eligible people who lose their job before March 2019 to access benefits for three months.”
The spokesperson added that the UIT is currently being extended by three months to help eligible workers gain access to the program.”
We will provide additional details as they become available,” the department said.