A Labor Government will create 100 new permanent, full-time Department of Human Services jobs on the Central Coast.
“This commitment is an example of how a Federal Labor Government will bring jobs to regional areas like the Central Coast where both the jobs and the services are needed,” said Ed Husic, Shadow Minister for Human Services.
Mr Husic and the Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, met with students and young families who had experienced delays, lost records and errors when attempting to seek assistance from Centrelink.
He said the announcement was about the delivery of permanent employment and about providing better services for Dobell’s 22,000 aged pensioners, 11,000 Family Tax Benefit recipients and students and apprentices receiving Youth Allowance.
“The Morrison Government has made cuts to the Department of Human Services and Centrelink that have left Central Coast residents waiting longer to receive support,” Mr Husic said.
“Medicare and Centrelink services help people when they need it most – medical rebates for the sick, processing aged care pensions, child care support, disability support pensions and carers’ allowance payments,” he said. “The truth is Centrelink is in crisis under the Morrison Government. It is under-staffed and under-resourced.”
Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, said the jobs would improve access to Medicare and Centrelink and reduce waiting times, especially for older residents.
“It is taking too long for people to have their Aged Pension applications processed,” Ms McBride said. “They are being told it could take between six and 12 months, which has resulted in distress and financial hardship,” she said.
“The experiences residents have shared with me about their dealings with Medicare and Centrelink highlight the urgent need for these 100 additional jobs.
“I have heard of parenting payment application times blowing out from weeks to three months, unjustified cuts to student payments and people waiting months for a straight-forward Medicare claim to be processed.
“These jobs will improve access to Medicare and Centrelink and reduce waiting and processing times for locals.”
Labor Candidate for Robertson, Anne Charlton, said the 100 additional DHS jobs for the Coast would improve service delivery times and create much-needed local jobs.
“Medicare and Centrelink services are complex and that is why it is important that the Coast will have 100 properly trained and permanent staff,” Ms Charlton said.
“Residents have told me many stories about Centrelink phone wait times and about being pushed to the edge of poverty whilst waiting months for income support applications to be processed,” she said.
“This is a double win for the Coast, new, permanent jobs for locals and better service delivery where it is needed most.”
For Ed Husic: Natasha Bolsin, 0476 125 112
For Emma McBride: Jackie Pearson 0402402295
For Anne Charlton: 0400433743