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JobKeeper and JobSeeker changes come into effect

WORKERS relying on JobKeeper have had their payments slashed by up to $200 per fortnight this week.

Cuts to the JobKeeper payment came into effect on Monday, with the fortnightly payment for full-time workers cut from $1200 per fortnight to $1000, while payments for part-time workers dropped from $750 to $650.

It was the second time the wage subsidy payment has been cut, after it was introduced in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When it was introduced, the JobKeeper program provided businesses with $1500 per fortnight for all eligible workers, regardless of how many hours they usually worked.

The two-tiered system was introduced when the payment was reduced in September.

The payment is expected to continue until the end of March.

With Victoria and New South Wales dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, opposition leader, Anthony Albanese said the cuts would “rip hundreds of dollars from the pockets of some of Australia’s most vulnerable”.

“These cuts to support come at a time of heightened uncertainty, new COVID-19 outbreaks and when Australia is already in the grip of a jobs crisis,” Mr Albanese said.

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