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Centrelink Partner Income Test Increased To $79,000

Australians applying for Centrelink can now get support if their partner earns up to $79,000, Scott Morrison announced on Monday.

The PM said the government has boosted the threshold from about $48,000, which would allow more Australians to receive support during the coronavirus pandemic.

The change means an applicant's rate of welfare won't be affected unless their partner earns more than $79,762 a year.

Morrison also announced a massive $130 billion will be allocated in the next six months to keep Aussies employed.

Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg announced the Jobkeeper package on Monday. Image: 10 News First

The 'JobKeeper' payment is different from Centrelink's 'JobSeeker' payment.

Businesses will be paid up to $1,500 a fortnight, per employee, for the next six months

Payments will start flowing into accounts from the first week of May, they will be backdated to March 1.

Read more about the 'JobKeeper' payment here. 

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Workers across the board can apply, including permanent employees, sole-traders, those who are self-employed and casual and contract workers.

You'll need to be an Australian citizen or resident between 22 and 66 years old who's looking for work, and have an income that meets Centrelink's test limits.

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