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NEWS RELEASE

 

MINISTER FOR SOCIAL SECURITY

SENATOR JOCELYN NEWMAN

 

SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT ADVANCE

 

 

 

CASH ADVANCES TO HELP PEOPLE INTO JOBS

 

From March 1999, a new cash advance will help people in financial hardship as they move from social security payments and into work.

 

The Special Employment Advance will help overcome the costs of taking up employment as well as extend the coverage of advance payments to people who have earned income which they have not yet received.

 

‘All too often, people can’t take up jobs because they don’t have the cash to buy the basic clothing and equipment needed to make a new start. We’re arranging for them to get some money upfront from Centrelink which they will pay back when they’re in the job,’ Senator Newman said.

 

‘It will also help those people who have earned money but haven’t yet been paid and are in hardship while they wait to receive their first pay packet.’

 

The advance will be available to approximately 4,500 customers who are in this type of hardship.

 

It will also assist an estimated 30,000 customers to take up jobs they would otherwise not have been able to because they couldn’t afford the ‘start-up’ costs.

 

Further information

Minister’s office, Jane Henschke (02) 6277 7560 or 0417 216 342 

Centrelink, Fiona McQueenie (02) 6244 7678 

Internet: www.minister.dss.gov.au