Key changes to Centrelink will see Jobseeker recipients, who are currently required to complete the mutual obligation process to find employment, accumulate 100 points through a new system in order to receive their social benefits.
According to new details posted by the department’s website, there is a list of over 30 tasks and activities that each have their own point value.
This has since raised questions about why certain tasks are valued more.
For example, those taking the PaTH course earn 25 points per week, totaling 100 points per month; however, those who work full time under the Dole program will only receive 20 points each week.
And while point targets can be lowered under “personal circumstances”, many are angry at the new points-based activation system.
The Australian Union of Unemployed (AUWU) lashed out at the new system, calling it “Hunger Games crossed with Black Mirror”.
The AUWU has asked Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanian to remove the change.
They said in a statement“Using technology to ‘gamify’ famine points (score them or lose your payout) is morally offensive to basic human decency.
“This is not the design of a human welfare system. This is the design of a digital workhouse set up to bully people in desperate economic need and push them out of the system and in the street.
Questions have also been reported about what considers a person capable of earning 100 points per month.
The AUWU confirmed they were receiving a large number of calls from people telling the advocacy group they did not understand the new system, according to news.com.au.
PBAS dials that number up to 11 and could be more accurately described as Centrelink presents “The Hunger Games x Black Mirror”. Using technology to “gamify” famine points (score them or lose your payout) is morally offensive to basic human decency.https://t.co/EfTvhpwYri
— AUWU #BTPM (@AusUnemployment) June 6, 2022
AUWU coordinator Rachel Araya said: “We are trying to master this system so that we can advise those who contact us, and we still do not have clarity from the department on exactly how reporting will work, how issues will be handled or resolved and if Central link has the appropriate capacity to handle the increased volume of call center demands. »
Cherie Grant, a uni-student suffering from chronic neck and back pain, told ABC News she had tried to contact Central link for further explanation, but was left in “dark”.
“I went to my job center but they don’t know about it and I tried to contact Central link and I just can’t get through,” she said.
“I tried looking online…and [there was] nothing that seemed to clearly represent my status and what I would have to do.”