Unemployment benefits reform
payments will be suspended if job hunters don’t attend appointments or fail to take part in returnto-work activities under reforms to unemployment benefits.
The Federal Government wants to get more people who are capable of working back into work to ease the skills shortage and grow the economy.
Employment Participation Minister Kate Ellis says job hunters will need to expect that in return for unemployment benefits, the Federal Government will help them find a job but people must meet their responsibilities.
‘‘With the unemployment rate at lower than 5 per cent there has never been a better time to get a job,’’ she says.