By Australian Associated Press
Published: 12:02 BST, 21 September 2020 | Updated: 12:02 BST, 21 September 2020
Anyone anxious about having their JobKeeper payment slashed is being told to apply for the dole.
The wage subsidy scheme is being extended at reduced rates for six months from September 28.
Payments for full-time staff are being cut from $1500 to $1200 per fortnight, while people who usually worked less than 20 hours a week before the coronavirus pandemic will receive just $750.
Social Services Minister Anne Ruston is encouraging people to top up their payments with unemployment benefits.
Australians who are worried about their JobKeeper payment being slashed on September 28 have been encouraged to 'top up' their benefits with the JobSeeker payment (hospitality worker pictured)
'We have temporarily put arrangements in place so that our social security safety net is not just for people who have lost their jobs,' Senator Ruston said on Monday.
'It is able to provide a cushion for people who have had or fear their hours or income will be reduced.'
JobKeeper recipients on $1200 per fortnight may be