Senate debates

Tuesday, 1 December 2020


Pensions and Benefits

3:42 pm

Photo of Jonathon DuniamJonathon Duniam (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries) Share this | Hansard source

The government has shown considerable flexibility in adjusting mutual obligation requirements in response to the impact of COVID-19. In return for an income support payment, jobseekers must take responsibility for meeting all of their mutual obligation requirements. The government recognises this continues to be a challenging time for those looking for work and encourages jobseekers to access the full range of assistance available to them, including access to skills training, assistance for other work preparation activities and referral to relevant support services, including mental health services, if required. The government remains committed to mutual obligation requirements for jobseekers as well as to ensuring Australians remain connected to the workforce.


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