Youth Affairs Still Front and Centre in 2015 Budget

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Youth affairs has been revealed as a key policy area in the government’s second Budget after it’s release at 7:30pm this evening.

The coalition’s new jobs and small business plan is a centrepiece this year with a new Work Experience Programme to be introduced in a bid to reduce to youth unemployment rate.

The programme, available to jobseekers on youth allowance, will see young people placed in a month long work experience program earning $20.80 per fortnight on top of their benefit.

Each placement will have a “likelihood of employment” at it’s conclusion but it is unclear how that  will be decided.

The Coalition has also backed down on one of it’s signature 2014 welfare policies of making Newstart and Youth Allowance Recipients wait six months to receive their payments.

The wait has been shortened to four weeks with recipients still required to conduct an “adequate” amount of job searching per fortnight.

After higher education reform was blocked twice in the senate last year the government’s focus has shifted to TAFE and VET training with little mention of university funding in the treasurer’s speech.

Putting a spotlight on the earning after the learning Treasury has allocated $18 million to weeding out unreliable and potentially exploitative TAFE courses with a new reporting and screening program for HECS HELP TAFE loans.

Young downloaders and TV streaming fans will be saddened to hear that the government has decided to extend the GST to cover digital downloads and streaming from overseas owned services such as Netflix.

Streaming services have increased in popularity exponentially in recent months with a number of new services coming on to the market and many will be watching to see whether a 10% price increase will have an effect on this.

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