From the Minister’s desk – What the 2023 Federal Budget means for Social Services

Wednesday, 10 May 2023

As Minister for Social Services, Amanda is proud to be delivering the Government’s plan to increase support for those who need it most.

The Albanese Government recognises the cost of living challenges our community is facing, and knows that many people need help now. That’s why the Government is strengthening the social security safety net, and providing targeted supports.

This budget will increase the rate of many income payments including Jobseeker, Youth Allowance and Austudy. In addition, the Single Parenting Payment will be available to parents until their youngest child turns 14, lifted from the current cut off at 8 years old.

Because older Australians often face discrimination in the jobs market, the Albanese Government has expanded eligibility for the higher JobSeeker rate that applies to those aged 60 and over – so that this higher rate will now apply to those aged 55 to 59, if they are out of work for some time.

Increases in the cost of housing have also impacted many on low incomes, and to help with this the Government has increased Commonwealth Rent Assistance rates.

Along with a substantial investment in women’s safety and inclusion, this budget provides critical supports to those who need it, and seeks to ensure that everyone in our community gets a fair go.

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