From June 18, thousands of vulnerable people, including families with children will be cut off from the most basic income support, leaving them at risk of homelessness.
Up to 12,500 people nationally, including families with children are at risk of losing all income support. The cuts will impact the elderly, fathers, mothers, young people and children who are part of our communities, workplaces and neighbourhoods.
They could stop taking medicines, skip meals, not be able to feed their kids, take exploitative jobs, and are at high risk of mental health deteriration.
People seeking asylum, whether by boat or plane, often need support to survive in Australia while their claims for protection are being processed. These highly vulnerable people are often unable to work, haven’t had work or study rights and need income support as a safety net while finding a job or training to build their skills that will lead to employment.
In recent years, people have been supported through the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program. The program provides a basic living allowance (typically 89% of Newstart allowance or $247 per week), casework support and access to torture and trauma counselling. The Australian Government is now planning a drastic reduction in the Status Resolution in the program.
The petition will be presented at Parliament House. RAC urges supporters to be there between 9.30am and 11.30am on Monday 18 June.