Newstart Senate Submissions Close This Friday!

The Senate has launched an inquiry on Newstart and related payments.

This inquiry – titled ‘Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia’ – gives us an great opportunity to tell the government about how the low rate of Newstart has been affecting our lives.

Submissions close this Friday the 13th of September. It is due to report on 27 March 2020.

You do not have to be receiving Newstart to make a submission. All you need is an opinion on the adequacy of the Newstart payment!

It can be hard to know where to start with a submission. To help, we have prepared some some prompts to guide you here. This will help you to respond to the terms of reference of the inquiry.

We recommended submitting:

  1. Online on the government’s website
  2. Email: or
  3. Please a copy of your submission as we are collecting stories for the case studies in our submission (we will contact you for permission before we did this)

For more information on the Privacy of your submission, please click here.

If you need more information, please contact Hayden Patterson or on (08) 8035 4213.

Finally, the AUWU is a volunteer organisation with no paid staff or political affiliations. To help the AUWU continue the work it is doing, we would greatly appreciate a donation through our website here. No amount is too small.