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Could you live on the Newstart?

By Scarlet . Created on 13 Feb, 2020
The current Newstart Allowance is set at $489.70 per fortnight for a single adult with no children. If you're single with dependent children you will receive $529.80 per fortnight and if you're partnered you will each receive $442 per fortnight.
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YES - It's feasible

YES - It's feasible

NO - Impossible to live on

NO - Impossible to live on

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YES - It's feasible
Storm said 4 weeks ago
Yes, with great difficulty. I lived off $240 a fortnight with shared accomodation rent, crazily saving and desperately hoping nothing ever went wrong, and if it did I had to fall back on family. But if I found somewhere with cheaper rent perhaps it would have been easier.
YES - It's feasible
Lachlan Rider said on Feb 18, 2020
I get about $300 a fortnight from work and I find it is plenty if you make smart decisions and allocate expenses correctly, I’d love to do nothing and make $180 more but unfortunately the parents that have no legal obligation to assist me make too much money 🤷‍♂️ Work hard and climb the ladder instead of complaining about getting paid for nothing...
Taylor said on Feb 17, 2020
You guys are getting $489?! I’m getting $260 per fortnight😫
YES - It's feasible
West Swan said on Feb 19, 2020
Hi Taylor,

Are you working part time and living at home with your parents?

I remember I was 16 and working part time at a Supermarket many years ago while looking for full time work. ...
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Mrs said on Feb 19, 2020
West Swan - That 1/3 each way break down is exactly how my take home pay was divided from my 1st job, all $33 of it. The job was full time work, but seasonal, so only lasted 6months. Taught me a lot about sensible budgeting.
NO - Impossible to live on
Joyce said on Feb 16, 2020
Not on it myself, thank goodness. But obviously it is more than sufficient, just ask a politician. I think every politician in the country should be made to manage on Newstart for no less than 6 months to see if they can live on such a 'generous' payment. Not in their own home or with access to their own bank account either, but paying rent and utilities and just generally trying to live on this pittan...
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NO - Impossible to live on
Gaetano Monforte said on Feb 16, 2020
The only way you can survive on Newstart is 1. You live with your parents and they pay the bills or 2. You have substantial savings you can draw upon once in a while. If you live alone and have no partner or savings to support you once you pay the bills you left with nothing in the second week. ($20 to $30). And I am lucky because I own my property outright and pay no rent.
Rebecca said on Feb 15, 2020
Government Benefits are great. Ask Australia's politicians, they love it
NO - Impossible to live on
Paul said on Feb 15, 2020
I'm on the Aged or Retired Pension as many call it these days, and even though it sounds like a lot of money per fortnight to live on, it isn't. I'm in public housing yes, so that's a help in rent price I have to say, because rents in my area are way too high. But, with all the normal everyday expenses, electricity, gas, internet (yes we HAVE to have that because EVERYTHING is done on the bloo...
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YES - It's feasible
West Swan said on Feb 15, 2020
Hi Paul,

Good name by the way. You must be intelligent and very good looking :-)

I'm on a pension as well (disability in my case which means I�...
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NO - Impossible to live on
Paul said on Feb 15, 2020
Hi Paul,
Yep, it sure is a great name, and I'm not commenting on the other bit about looks etc., LOL
Well, I'm in Kal, and our public transport system is erratic to say the least, and to be honest, I'd rather drive. I actually looked at my leftover money from my pension last week, and it works out t...
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NO - Impossible to live on
Ruskie said on Feb 14, 2020
It's hard enough on the retired Pension.
Mrs said on Feb 16, 2020
My mother has been on the aged pension for over 20 years and says it has been the easiest 20 yrs of her life financialy. But then she raised 5 children on a single wage, including the last 2 as a widow.