Changes to minimum wage and benefits

The minimum wage, benefit and superannuation payments all increase on Tuesday. The Government says benefits will rise by 1.38 percent, in line with inflation.

Superannuation will rise by $14.60 a week for couples and by $9.50 a week for those living alone, to keep the payment at 66% of the average wage.

At the same time, ACC levies for employers and workers will drop.

The Government says that will save average households about $200 a year, small businesses about $180 a year and larger employers about $6000.

The student loan repayment scheme is also being toughened, particularly for borrowers living overseas.

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