Messenger Next week is anti-poverty week. But a new group of Australians have been preparing to be inducted into the halls of poverty. Legislation was finalised to move aroundsingle parents - mostly women - with children aged between eight and fifteen from Parenting Payment Single to the lower Newstart Allowance.
Age Pension — for people planning for retirement or who are already retired aged 65 years and over. Assistance for Isolated Children — for families with a child who cannot attend school locally because of distance or special needs.
Austudy Payment — for full-time students and New Apprentices aged 25 years or over.
Carer Allowance — for people who care for minors 16—17 and adults over 18 years with a disability. Carer Allowance Child — for people who care for a child under 16 years with a disability. Carer Payment — for people who provide full-time care for someone with a disability Disability Support Pension — for people unable to work for 2 years due to illness, injury or disability.
Double Orphan Pension — for people who are raising children who have lost both parents. Maternity Payment — for help with those extra costs after the birth of a new baby. Newstart Allowance — for people who are looking for employment.
Parenting Payment — for parents or guardians to help with the cost of raising children under 6 for partnered parents and under 8 for sole parents.
Pensioner Education Supplement — for people on pensions with education expenses.
Special Benefit — for people who are in financial hardship, have no way of supporting themselves and are not entitled to another payment normally due to residency requirements Youth Allowance — for full-time students or New Apprentices aged 15 under some circumstances 16 to 24 and people aged under 21 who are undertaking job search or a combination of approved activities.
Income support[ edit ] All Centrelink income support payments are payable fortnightly, usually by direct deposit required into the recipient's bank account. They are also subject to a means test which calculates the recipient and their partner's fortnightly Newstart allowance single parents and assets and affects the rate of their payment accordingly.
As such, people on lower incomes may be entitled to part-payment of their allowance subject to other qualification requirements. The assessment of income and assets varies greatly between different social security payments and the effect that income and assets have on each payment differs in that they have different income thresholds i.
An individual may be precluded from claiming any of income support payments listed below for a certain number of weeks following receipt of a lump sum compensation payment, made wholly or partly in respect of lost earnings or lost capacity to earn resulting from personal injury  often received in settlement of a Workers' Compensation claim.
The number of weeks for which the preclusion period applies to an individual is proportional the size of the lump sum payment they received.
To be eligible, a person must apply for the benefit and be actively seeking work. Activities to which a job seeker may have to agree, in order to continue receiving the Newstart Allowance, include applying for a specific number of jobs usually ten per fortnight and recording these applications in a Centrelink issued diary,  undertaking vocational education or training, paid work experience, participation in a labour market program or Work for the Dole project, and other activities, such as voluntary work if considered appropriate by Centrelink.
A job seeker has to nominate and engage in one activity for example, either a vocational education activity or Work for the Dole activity in any one mutual obligation period lasting six months at a time.
Clients are not expected to engage in the more intensive of these activities as soon as their receipt of the allowance commences. Ordinarily, during the first three months of unemployment, a job seeker has no other obligations but to submit a fortnightly Application For Payment form at the local office.
Customers may also be required to make up to 10 'Job Search Contacts' per fortnight dependent on the local labour market and their personal circumstances and record the details of these jobs within a specifically issued Job Seeker Diary for a given period of time.
The job seeker then takes the Application For Payment form personally to the local Centrelink Office. He will then attend a short one-on-one interview with a Centrelink officer. The interview is usually for the purposes of checking that the application form is in order and that the applicant is aware of any appointments that may need to be attended, and obligations that may need to be met.
The client at this stage also has the opportunity to talk to a Centrelink officer about any problems the client may be encountering without having to make a prior appointment first.
If after an initial three months of unemployment, during which the job seeker has only to hand in the fortnightly application form and record the Job Seeker Diary, the client remains unemployed; the client will be required to attend appointments with a Job Services Australia provider whose responsibility it is to assist the client to re-enter the work force.
The job seeker also has to attend a two-week training course which focusses on job searching skills such as writing resumes and attending interviews. If the customer remains unemployed for twelve months, they are then subject to the Work Experience Phase of their Employment Pathway Plan, which consists of more intensive assistance involving the activities listed above, such as, Work for the Doleaccredited study, part-time work, volunteer work or a combination of these.
The supplement is also paid to Work for the Dole participants.
If the client becomes long-term unemployed 24 months or longerthe client's activity requirements will usually consist of another Work Experience Phase style activity for six months in any twelve-month period.
Australia's unemployment benefits do not have a time limit: Newstart Allowance rates are adjusted on 20 March and 20 September each year. Despite significant increases in the cost of living, the increases to the Newstart Allowance have not kept pace with inflation.
Multiple existing programs were streamlined into two clearly distinct programs, making assessment and referral processes less complex. All eligible job seekers with disability have access to individually tailored services which meet their needs including capacity building, training, work experience and other 'interventions' to help participants obtain and maintain suitable employment.
DES providers support and manage a participant's condition in the workplace, along with providing ongoing support in the workplace for as long as it is required.Single parents on Newstart allowance reveal decline in nutrition, mental health and large debts.
Updated February 05, Social security, in Australia, the basic Newstart rate for a single unemployed person without children is A$ per fortnight. However, Maternity Immunisation Allowance is paid to parents whose children who have received all immunisations specified by the national immunisation schedule by .
single parents in , whereby a change in eligibility requirements has seen many move from the Parenting Payment Single (PPS) to Newstart Allowance, a decreased fortnightly.
More importantly, single parents on PPS or Newstart may not have to complete extra hours of mutual obligation. The government wanted single parents on Newstart, aged between years, to face increased activity requirements of 50 hours per fortnight, up from 30 hours but they seem to have given up on that.
Bereavement Allowance is now. The January policy changes pushing single parents onto Newstart Allowance has been justified as a way to motivate parents to get work. This justification amounts . Read more about changes to getting your first Newstart and Youth Allowance payment.
What you need to do Find out how to claim.
Make an agreement to look for a job and report regularly. Your Newstart Allowance may not start until you go to your first appointment with an Employment Services Provider.
Most single people can get around $