Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) says the Federal Government’s heartless JobSeeker decision will trap hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders in poverty.

QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh said: “1 in 5 working-age Queenslanders are currently depending on JobSeeker or JobKeeper to get them through.

“Today they face the reality of having to survive on less than $44 per day for the foreseeable future. A measly $3.57 per day won’t buy you a return bus fare and will barely cover the cost of a loaf of bread.

“Today’s decision ignores reality and ignores the advice of economists, the private sector and frontline workers. There is just 1 job for every 12 people looking here in Queensland.”

More than 670,000 people in Queensland rely on JobSeeker, JobKeeper or another income support payment that receives the COVID supplement.

QCOSS is particularly concerned about the hundreds of thousands of children who will be impacted by today’s decision.

“250,000 children in Queensland have a parent whose main source of income is the JobSeeker payment,” said Ms McVeigh.

“It is outrageous that parents have to choose between skipping meals, paying their rent or taking their children to the doctor.

“It will be emergency food relief, emergency housing, domestic violence, mental health and other community services that will pick up the pieces.”

23 February 2021 |Focus area: