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Raise the Rate Campaign and ACOSS
We need to let people know we have their backs.
We can’t turn back to the brutality of people struggling to survive on $40 a day.
This is not enough to live on, or cover the basics, such as housing, food, bills, and transport.
To get through this crisis, we need to support each other, so everyone has access to the basics to rebuild their lives.
The campaign to Raise the Rate for Good is key to reducing poverty and inequality in Australia. The goal of the Raise the Rate for Good campaign is to fix our social security safety net for good so that it keeps people out of poverty, with an income of at least $69 a day.
Before the COVID-19 crisis, the rate of Newstart had not been increased in real terms for 25 years, while the cost of living, especially housing, has gone through the roof.
There is broad support for a permanent increase to the JobSeeker Payment (formerly Newstart Allowance), including from community organisations, such as anti-poverty networks, unions, business groups, not-for-profit organisations, local governments, state and territory governments and federal parliamentarians.
This Raise the Rate Campaign is supported by ACOSS. the website offers a range of campaign resources and advocacy tools.
These will assist your efforts to influence the federal government and candidates in the lead up to the next federal government election in early 2022.