The fate of the government's JobSeeker handout will not be decided in next month's federal budget, despite growing calls for the more certainty around the scheme.
Under the subsidy program an extra $550 was added to the base rate of $565.70 a fortnight, for those looking for work.
The generous program was introduced in April to help the surging number of recently unemployed workers get through the coronavirus crisis.
But on September 24, the $550 top up will be slashed to $250, as the Australian economy begins to rebound from the pandemic and more jobs come back.
The $250 cash splash, which about 1.4 million Australians will rely on, is set to end on December 31.
According to the government it's too early to say whether the program, which has already shelled out $12billion, should be extended into the new year.
The fate of the government's JobSeeker handout will not be decided in next month's federal budget, despite growing calls for the more certainty around the scheme. Pictured: Prime Minister Scott Morrison on September 18
The generous program was introduced in April to help the surging number of recently unemployed workers get it through the coronavirus crisis
'There's still much that we don't know about where the pandemic's going to end and what Australia is going to look like,' Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said.
'So we remain very focused on making sure the measures we have in place reflect the conditions at the time, and decisions about anything ongoing will be a matter for the time once the economy has settled and we know what a post-pandemic Australia looks like.'
'We only have to see what happened in Victoria over the last couple of months to realise how terribly volatile the jobs market is, so we want to make sure our responses are timely and targeted.'
Although Scott Morrison has hinted the government is likely to continue to support unemployed Australians into next year, the opposition say a decision needs to be made sooner.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has called for a permanent increase in the welfare subsidy - to $1100 a fortnight.
Australian Council of Social Service chief executive Cassandra Goldie has also voiced her concerns.
'We need the government to have people's back & we need the government to be able to give people confidence. We need the government to give people easing of their distress about how they'll cope,' she told reporters on Friday.
Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott is also in favor of a JobSeeker increase and extension during the pandemic.
Under the subsidy program an extra $550 was added the base rate of $565.70 a fortnight, for those looking for work
* The $1,500 fortnightly wage subsidy will continue until September 27
* From the end of September to January, JobKeeper will be reduced to $1,200 for full-time workers and $750 for people working 20 hours or less