The government claims it is “strengthening Australia’s safety net” by increasing the JobSeeker payment for almost two million Australians – while increasing their obligations and giving them “intensive activity” to do after six months of unemployment. Tuesday’s federal budget today states that the government will provide $9.5 billion over the next five years to increase support for people eligible for working-age payments including JobSeeker. The increase is expected to benefit 1.9 million Australians, and it applies to people on the Youth Allowance, Parenting Payment, Austudy, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Partner Allowance, Widow Allowance, Special Benefit and Farm Household Allowance. There will also be an increase in the auditing of job applications to ensure job seekers are making genuine applications. The government is also spending $1.5 million recommence face-to-face servicing for job seekers.