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Huge changes to Centrelink coming next month for thousands of Australians on JobSeeker

Big changes to Centrelink coming NEXT month for thousands of Australians on JobSeeker – here’s what you need to know

  • Centrelink recipients must accumulate 100 points per month to get paid
  • Points go to things like job interviews and applications, as well as training
  • System replaces current system where recipients applied to 20 jobs per month
  • Welfare groups have complained that the new system will be ‘awkward’ for Aussies

Big changes are coming for the thousands of Australians on Centrelink trying to find work.

From July 1, a new government system called the Points Based Activation System (PBAS) will be introduced that will allow job seekers to receive their payments if they accumulate 100 points per month.

A person can get five points for each job application they submit, and 20 points for an interview, with varying points for other work-related activities.

The system replaces the current system that requires Centrelink to apply for 20 jobs a month – a process that saw some applicants fleeing jobs they were unqualified for just to get some cash in the bank.

The new system allows some recipients to lower their monthly goals under personal circumstances, and if people get more than 100 points in a month, the rest will be carried over.

From July 1, a new government system called the Points Based Activation System (PBAS) will be introduced that will allow job seekers to receive their payments if they accumulate 100 points per month.  Applications are worth five points each

From July 1, a new government system called the Points Based Activation System (PBAS) will be introduced that will allow job seekers to receive their payments if they accumulate 100 points per month. Applications are worth five points each

Some have expressed concern that the new system could be ‘taxing’ for Centrelink recipients, as even those who work full-time for the Work for the Dole program receive only 20 points per week, meaning they have other tasks to complete. must complete.

People with temporary or part-time employment are entitled to five points for every five hours of work.

Edwina MacDonald, the deputy director of the Australian Council of Social Services, said the monthly needs of the elderly, disabled and people in the region should be reduced.

“Some people, especially those with limited digital literacy or poor internet access, will experience significant difficulties with the required online reporting,” she said. the guard

About 169,000 participants will switch to an online portal to manage their job search, while a further 592,000 will be referred to a new personal job placement service.

Welfare organizations have complained that there is insufficient transparency about the new system.

Many Aussies on Centrelink will need to collect points from July to receive their payments (closed business in Brisbane pictured)

Many Aussies on Centrelink will need to collect points from July to receive their payments (closed business in Brisbane pictured)

A spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Skills and Employment said payment suspensions would be interrupted for the first month the system was in operation.

Activities were assigned ‘point value’ based on the intensity of an activity and the strength of the link with paid work.

‘A participant’s points target is in line with personal circumstances and the local labor market.’

Work for the benefit will also be required for recipients after six months instead of the current 12, but Aussies will only have to complete it for two months instead of six.

It comes after an Aussie Centrelink recipient went viral after sharing the ridiculously fast way he meets government requirements for job seekers’ pay.

Sydney-based music producer ‘Mumfighter’ filmed a video in which he challenged himself to send out 15 job applications in eight minutes – claiming in the clip that he screwed up in three minutes and 22 seconds.

The former professional skater and skate instructor said he made the video for fun, because he likes to “act like he’s doing things faster than the average person” and normally takes the task much more seriously.

“In reality, applying for a job normally takes me between 1-3 hours, depending on whether I need to rewrite my resume a bit and how much I’m bothered by my ADHD,” Mumfighter told the Daily Mail Australia at the time.

Mumfighter recorded a 'Centrelink speed run' which showed the job seeker applied for 15 jobs within 5 minutes (pictured)

Mumfighter recorded a ‘Centrelink speed run’ which showed the job seeker applied for 15 jobs within 5 minutes (pictured)

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