The Destitute and Infirmed Payment is set to increase from $165 a month to $200 a month from 1 July 2016 and the Old Age Pension rate for those aged 70 and over will increase from $650 a month to $660 a month.
The Destitute and Infirmed Payment is a means tested payment targeting working age people, primarily those with high disability needs, who are unable to secure employment. There are approximately 200 people currently receiving this payment.
While the rate is set to increase to $200 a month, the Government has stated an intention to progressively increase the Destitute and Infirmed Payment over time so that there is parity with the Old Age Pension.
The increase to the Destitute and Infirmed Payment was announced as part of the 2016-17 Budget at an additional cost of $92,000 bringing the total cost for the payment to $528,000 in 2016-17.
The increase in the Old Age Pension was originally announced last year and will cost an additional $87,000 bringing the total expected expenditure on the Old Age Pension for those aged 70 and over to $5.8 million in 2016-17. This is in addition to $6.3 million allocated in the 2016-17 Budget for Old Age Pensioners aged from 60 to 69.
The following opportunity is being offered by the Japanese Government for up to 3 students or youth to attend the above exchange programme in Japan under the JENESYS2015 programme.
JENESYS 2015 is a people-to-people exchange program between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth) and is supported by the Japanese Government.
The purpose of the programme is to:
promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, and to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation
promote a global understanding of Japan’s society, history, diverse culture, politics, and diplomatic relations.
This is a fully-funded two-weeks study tour of Japan for 14 Pacific Island Countries and Australia & New Zealand. (For more info check out: www.usp.ac.fj/jenesys2015/)
* Completed and signed application
* Copy of bio-data page of passport
* 2x recent passport size photos (accompanying the application)
* There is an opportunity for up to 3 students or youth to be nominated
* Current USP students (full-time or part-time) and Youth are encouraged to apply
* Must be 18 years old and over
Application forms to reached OPS Office no later than Friday 22nd January 2016.
An opportunity exists for young Pacific citizens to apply for the position of Assistant Programme Officer for the Pacific Region, based in the Youth Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. Eligible applicants must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country and aged 27 years or under at the time of application. To be considered for this opportunity, you must have a strong Bachelor degree or higher in a related field such as youth development, social science or international development. You will have a deep cultural familiarity and regional knowledge of the Pacific region and possess at least one year of work experience in the design and delver of youth development and/or youth-led development or democracy programmes. If you are keen to gain excellent experience in one of the world’s most high-profile youth development programmes and can thrive in our multi-cultural environment, the Commonwealth Secretariat look forward to hearing from you.