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Refugee support services take $78 million hit in budget

Australian Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg speaks at the dispatch box during the delivery of the 2019-20 Federal Budget.

The 2019 federal budget will have an impact on refugee communities in Australia.

Refugee support services have been dealt a $77.9 million hit in one of the few major savings measures in the 2019 budget.

Newly-arrived refugees will now need to wait one year instead of six months before they are required to access Centrelink’s job-search program Jobactive.

That follows the extension of the wait period from three to six months announced in last year’s budget.

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