Reviewing Newstart


A Shorten Labor Government will review the adequacy of Newstart.

Labor recognises that the rate of Newstart is too low and is now acting as a barrier to people finding work; with people struggling to afford transport, clothes and essentials.


Labor will conduct a root and branch review of Newstart – as well as related payments and supports.

The review will focus on ensuring that our safety net is alleviating poverty and helping people into the workforce. It will identify what parts of the system need to change, and how those changes should be made. The review will examine the complex interactions between Newstart and other parts of the payments system, our tax system and employment services.

A Shorten Labor Government will work to ensure social security system continues to protect the most vulnerable Australians.