The government is set to announce an increase to the $40 a day JobSeeker rate
Unemployed workers are set to receive a modest boost to JobSeeker payments once the current $150-a-fortnight coronavirus supplement is scrapped.
The increase is expected to be paired with stricter mutual obligation requirements after the current supplement ends on 31 March.
Without government intervention, the unemployment benefit would return to its pre-pandemic rate of $565 a fortnight, or just $40 a day.
Senior ministers have held a series of meetings to determine a new permanent JobSeeker rate after Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged last year that the payment was likely to continue at an elevated rate after 31 March.
The new welfare rate is expected to be taken to the Coalition party room in Canberra on Tuesday and announced afterwards.
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