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Federal government seeks to fix, rather than scrap, controversial changes to unemployment benefits

Federal government seeks to fix, rather than scrap, controversial changes to unemployment benefits

Employment Minister Tony Burke says it is “too late” to scrap controversial changes to jobless benefits due to be introduced next month, so the government will seek to modify the scheme instead.

Starting in July, the JobActive scheme, which requires people receiving JobSeeker benefits to apply for 20 jobs a month, will be abolished.

It will be replaced by a new scheme called Workforce Australia, which will require job seekers to earn 100 points a month by applying for jobs, taking interviews and undergoing training.

The new scheme was designed under the Morrison government, and the changes have been criticized by some community advocates for being poorly communicated, creating “fear and confusion”.

Some worry that the new system will be more difficult to work with than the existing scheme.

Employment Minister Tony Burke told Sky News that while the new scheme has flaws, there is not enough time to prevent it from being implemented.

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