Centrelink relief for these Aussies
Centrelink recipients in flood-affected areas will get some relief from their mutual obligations.
Centrelink recipients in flood-affected areas of North-West Queensland have had their mutual-obligation and participation requirements paused.
However, Services Australia said those affected would still need to report any income they and/or their partner received every two weeks, even if it was $0.
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“This is so we can pay you the right amount. During this period, no payment suspensions or financial penalties will apply if you don’t meet your mutual-obligation or participation requirements,” Services Australia said.
Who does this affect?
Requirements have been paused from March 10 to April 7 for Aussies living in:
Doomadgee, where the CDP provider is Enterprise Management Group Pty Ltd
Burketown, where the CDP provider is Bynoe Community Advancement Co-operative Society Ltd
Gregory, where the CDP provider is Bynoe Community Advancement Co-operative Society Ltd
Requirements have paused from March 3 until March 31 in the following Community Development Program (CDP) regions:
CDP South East Barkly Region, where the CDP provider is RISE-Ngurratjura Pty Ltd
CDP North Barkly Region, where the CDP provider is RISE-Ngurratjuta Pty Ltd
CDP Victoria River Region, where the CDP provider is Victoria Daly Regional Council
CDP Wadeye Region, where the CDP provider is Thamarurr Development Corporation Ltd
Requirements have paused from January 6 until March 24 in the CDP Fitzroy Valley Region, where the CDP provider is Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation.
The pause of requirements also applies to job seekers managed by Centrelink in these locations.
Services Australia said anyone who was unable to meet their mutual-obligation requirements for any reason after the temporary pause ended, should speak to their provider about a temporary exemption.
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