20 Aug 2012

New benefit payment system for young

11:30 am on 20 August 2012

A new policy under which some young beneficiaries will receive a payment card and have some bills paid directly on their behalf, comes into effect on 20 August.

Essential bills will be paid directly from their benefit and they will receive $50 per week in their account.

Labour says many young people don't know about the payment card.

Work & Income says no individual will be transferred to the new regime until they have had the changes explained to them.