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The committee recommends that the government consider increasing the
resources available to Stream 1 jobseekers, to ensure that prompt and effective
support is provided in the first weeks and months of unemployment.
The committee recommends that the Department of Education, Employment
and Workplace Relations work with Job Services Australia to ensure that
training and support programs for workers aged 45–64 are appropriately
The committee recommends that the government develop targeted and
tailored programs for former carers as they move to Newstart Allowance or
another payment once their caring responsibilities end.
The committee recommends that the government identify savings in
the existing social security expenditure to increase the income free threshold
for long term Newstart Allowance recipients to 6 hours work per fortnight at
the minimum wage.
The committee recommends that the working credit for Newstart Recipients
be increased from $1000 to the equivalent of three months' work at the minimum
The committee recommends that the government reform its processes to
enable departing Newstart recipients to remain active on departmental systems
for one year after they cease receiving payment.
The committee recommends that the government assess the viability of
creating an online calculator for Newstart and other recipients to enable
jobseekers to easily calculate the costs and benefits of work, and the impact
of work on allowances and other payments.
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