UPDATE: No penalties for not participating in 'mutual' obligations

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People who do not participate in 'mutual' obligations will not have payments reduced

The AUWU has confirmed that there are no penalties for JobSeekers (and those on related payments) who do not participate in 'mutual' obligations activities during the current phase of reintroduction.

AUWU sought clarity from Senator Cash's office following the release of confusing information by the employment minister. We are happy to inform you that the minister's office has now confirmed that no penalties apply during the current phase, which began on 9 June.

People on JobSeeker and related payments have been encouraged to make contact with a service provider, however, it is now clear that you are in no way required to comply with 'mutual' obligations or enter into a job plan at this stage.

There will be no financial penalties or any demerits, nor will your lack of participation during the current phase affect you retroactively – if you are told otherwise, contact the AUWU.

Even though you are not obliged to contact your job service provider, they will still attempt to contact you. You do not need to respond. If you feel at all harassed or upset by their practices, contact the AUWU immediately so that we can assist.

Future obligations not yet known
The AUWU also sought information about future phases of the return to 'mutual' obligations requirements. The minister's office did not provide clear guidance, saying that changes are dependent on variables such as the labour market and national cabinet deliberations.

We will continue to seek to work with Senator Cash's office and the Department of Employment to lobby against the reintroduction of obligations and to ensure that clear information about changes is communicated to our members in a timely fashion.

If there is anything that you would like us to bring to the minister's attention please contact the AUWU.

 
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