Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020

Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Inquiry into the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020

At September 2020, approximately 54,000 Tasmanians were receiving the Coronavirus Supplement. This brought an additional $14.86 million into the Tasmanian economy. When the supplement dropped to $250 per fortnight this saw $5.9 million per week taken out of the Tasmanian economy. In addition to lifting people’s incomes above the poverty line, the supplement provided a significant stimulus to the Tasmanian economy, as it did to economies in every state and territory.

TasCOSS believes that the Coronavirus Supplement should be converted into a permanent increase to the rate of JobSeeker, set at a level above the poverty line. A permanent increase to the JobSeeker rate would be consistent with Australia’s human rights obligations and to the United Nations Convention on Human Rights.