Unemployed people facing a significant cut to their welfare payments are being promised a leg-up in the federal budget.
JobSeeker unemployment benefits will be slashed by $300 per fortnight on Friday.
But Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is keen to point out the fortnightly dole payment will still be $250 higher than before the coronavirus pandemic.
The reduced $250 coronavirus supplement is set to be scrapped altogether at the end of the year.
But Mr Frydenberg has again signalled the dole will remain higher than the old Newstart rate of $40 a day.
“At the end of the year we’ll revisit the rate for the JobSeeker coronavirus supplement and we’re leaning in to provide continued support,” he said on Thursday.
“We recognise that people are doing it tough. This money is really important to them. But we also know the best thing we can do to help people who are on JobSeeker is to get them into a job.”
Ahead of the budget on October 6, he is focused on getting more than one million people laid off during the crisis back into work.
“There will be no shortage of initiatives in the budget to help people to get off the JobSeeker payment and into a job,” Mr Frydenberg said.