Raise the Rate of Newstart

Increase Newstart now!

Help us tell the Labor and Liberal parties: raise the rate of Newstart by $75 now!

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Could you live on $40 a day?

Everyone except the Government agrees that the rate of Newstart is too low.

Sign our petition and call on the Prime Minister to join with the community, business and the social services sector to increase Newstart by at least $75 a week NOW.

One of the values that define our Australian community is our willingness to give each other a hand when we need it.

People struggling to find a job have to live below the poverty line on $40 a day -- much less than what is needed to live a good life. By the time they pay rent, most recipients are left with just $17 a day to pay for food, bills and transport.

Newstart is no longer a transitional payment, with 44 percent of recipients on the payment for longer than 2 years. No one in a country as prosperous as Australia should be living in poverty.

We’ll all benefit from a lift in the Newstart and Youth Allowance rate, and the vast majority of Australians support it.

Help us tell the Prime Minister to raise the rate of Newstart by at least $75 now!


Our Plan:

Raise Newstart by at least $75 a week
A $75 per week increase to Newstart to help cover the cost of basic essentials.

Stop punishing people on Newstart
Abolish the punitive measures introduced by the successive governments including compulsory income management, exploitative employment programs like PaTH, Work for the Dole and the Community Development Program.

An independent equality commission
Set up a commission that will provide independent advice to the Government on setting rates of income support and strategies to reduce inequality.