Lift income support payments in the May Budget

For the next few weeks, the Federal Parliament will start considering what will be in the May 2023 Budget. Now is the time to make clear what we want to see in it – a lift in the incomes of people living on payments like JobSeeker, to ensure everyone has enough to cover the basics.

Before they head off for the holidays, we need MPs to hear the stories of people struggling to get by on income support from the communities that matter to them the most – their local communities.

That’s why, across the country, we’re going to write letters and holiday cards about the cost-of-living crisis and send them to our MP’s electorate offices.

Can you take five minutes to write a brief letter sharing your story and what you hope to see from the new Parliament?

Deliver or post a personal letter

Not sure who your Member of Parliament is? Look it up on the AEC website.

  1. Write a letter to your local Federal MP. Be sure to include your name and address so they can respond.
  2. Deliver it to their electorate office, which you can find on the APH website.
  3. Can’t deliver it? Post it.

Can’t deliver or post a letter?

If you aren’t able to deliver or post the letter, we can help you. Use this form to write the letter and we’ll print and post it for you.

What should I say?

Share your story
Many of you have courageously shared your stories of struggling to survive on JobSeeker, Youth Allowance and other income support payments, or your stories of watching others struggle on those payments. You’ve shared what the 2020 increase to JobSeeker meant, finally being able to access the essentials, like prescription glasses, a fridge and warm jumpers for children to get through the winter. You’ve shared how the continued increase in rent, energy and other living costs have risen to crisis levels and how you are now faced with losing your home. These are the stories that politicians need to hear. It is also good to show how much increasing income support would help you and your family get through difficult times.

If you have any problems or questions, let me know! Email [email protected]

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