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RATES SET TO INCREASE FROM 1 JULY

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.

EEW Taskforce Meeting 28 May 2015

EEW Taskforce Meeting 28 May 2015

Community groups who have been allocated funds from the Australian Aid Gender Equality Project, met today to present their proposed programmes and activities to the Economic Empowerment for Women Taskforce team. The funded agencies are the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute, the Chamber of Commerce and the National Disability Council. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and was also attended by representatives of the Creative Centre, Rotaianga, and the Ministry of Marine Resources.

Economic Empowerment for Women Taskforce meeting

Economic Empowerment for Women Taskforce meeting

Overseas Opportunity for a Young Person

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.

Apply online : http://thecommonwealth.org/jobs/assistant-programme-officer-pacific-region