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Newstart and related payments including Youth Allowance, have not increased in real terms in 24 years. They are now so low people cannot afford basic necessities like housing, meals, bills and transport, even if they get Rent Assistance. The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)' Raise the Rate campaign suggests actions people can take to Raise the Rate:


  • Write to your local Federal Member of Parliament and call on them to Raise the Rate.
  • Lobby your local council to get them to pass a motion calling on the Federal Government to Raise the Rate.
  • Write a letter to your local newspaper calling for the rate of unemployment and student payments to be raised. 
  • Sign up to the Raise the Rate campaign.
  • Share the campaign on Facebook or Twitter

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