Continuation of short-term measures

Jun 16, 2020

Q. The Federal Government has introduced some short-term measures to help people financially deal with the Covid-19 outbreak. For each of the following, how long do you think do you think the schemes should continue?

    Should end as soon as possible Should end at current set date Should continue after the current end date Unsure
Providing free childcare for children in early childhood education

(Due to end 28th June 2020)

May 14% 33% 36% 17%
June 14% 28% 43% 14%
Increase to JobSeeker payments to $1,115 per fortnight

(Due to end 24th September 2020)

May 21% 28% 36% 15%
June 17% 32% 38% 13%
Provision of JobKeeper wage subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight to eligible employers for each eligible worker

(Due to end 24th September 2020)

May 17% 36% 32% 14%
June 14% 40% 34% 13%

 

TOTAL: Should continue after the current end date   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Providing free childcare for children in early childhood education 43% 43% 44% 52% 45% 35%
Increase to JobSeeker payments to $1,115 per fortnight 38% 38% 37% 39% 40% 33%
Provision of JobKeeper wage subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight to eligible employers for each eligible worker 34% 34% 34% 37% 41% 24%
Base (n) 1,087 538 549 341 361 385
  • Support for extending the free childcare scheme beyond the current end date of 28th June has increased from 36% last month to 43%.
  • There has been no significant changes in the proportion of people who think the Jobkeeper (now at 34%) or Jobseeker (now at 38%) schemes should be extended beyond September.
  • Support for extending the free early childcare scheme is higher among those aged 18-34 than those aged over 55 (52% to 35%).

Continuation of short-term measures

May 26, 2020

Q. The Federal Government has introduced some short-term measures to help people financially deal with the Covid-19 outbreak. For each of the following, how long do you think do you think the schemes should continue?

  Should end as soon as possible Should end at current set date Should continue after the current end date Unsure
Providing free childcare for children in early childhood education

(Due to end 28th June 2020)

14% 33% 36% 17%
Increase to JobSeeker payments to $1,115 per fortnight

(Due to end 24th September 2020)

21% 28% 36% 15%
Provision of JobKeeper wage subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight to eligible employers for each eligible worker

(Due to end 24th September 2020)

17% 36% 32% 14%

 

TOTAL: Should continue after the current end date   Gender Age Group
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Providing free childcare for children in early childhood education 36% 39% 33% 43% 34% 31%
Increase to JobSeeker payments to $1,115 per fortnight 36% 39% 33% 42% 36% 30%
Provision of JobKeeper wage subsidy of $1,500 per fortnight to eligible employers for each eligible worker 32% 35% 30% 38% 32% 27%
Base (n) 1,087 534 553 341 364 382
  • One-third of participants say that providing feed childcare, and increasing JobSeeker payments should continue after the current end date (both 36%).
  • 18-34 year olds are most likely to say any of the short-term measures should continue after the current end date, whereas 55+ year olds are least likely to support continuing these measures.
  • Men are more likely to support continuing the increased JobSeeker payments after 24th September 2020 (39%) than women (33%).

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