Un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits re­form

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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.

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