The Australian Government has announced a three-month extension to the Coronavirus Supplement on the JobSeeker unemployment payment until March 2021 at a lower rate of $150 per fortnight. The current rate is $250 per fortnight.

Both existing and new JobSeekers will be paid the new Coronavirus Supplement rate from 1 January 2021 through to 31 March 2021 on top of their base rate of payment and other supplements they are eligible to receive.

The extension of the supplement is estimated to cost an additional $3.2 billion.


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