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In July, BSL joined the ACOSS campaign to permanently raise the rate of JobSeeker (formerly Newstart) which was increased from a meagre $40 a day to support people put out of work by the COVID-19 crisis. We, and thousands of others, are calling for a permanent and adequate increase to JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and related payments to cover the basics, so everyone can put a roof over their head and food on the table while they look for work.
As with the Global Financial Crisis, young people are especially vulnerable in COVID-19. Our youth employment teams explained . Young people and Transition to Work Employer Champions across Australia in May 2020.
As part of their , the Victorian Government adapted our highly successful Energy Broker pilot and launched a new project to provide much needed support to households struggling with high energy bills during the COVID-19 crisis. BSL and their successful partners, Uniting and the Australian Energy Foundation commenced the program in October. It will run until August 2021.