The women in this story are known to Mamamia but all names have been changed for privacy reasons. The feature image used is a stock photo.
If someone else has broken both their legs, it doesn’t mean your broken arm doesn’t hurt.
This is the sentence that sums up the conversations Mamamia has had this week with those struggling financially thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone’s story is unique, and exists on a spectrum.
More than 1.3 million Australians are receiving unemployment benefits across the country, many for the first time.
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But there are so many potholes, missteps and people falling through the cracks, which is expected of course, when the situation is so dire. But it’s the scale of hardships that’s so hard to comprehend, while some are panicking about their next meal, others are simply grieving for the house deposit they no longer have.
There are just so many stories.
From travel, to hospitality, to the arts – there are so many industries that’ve been decimated. Younger Australians and women have been hit the hardest because they are more likely to be employed in occupations and industries most affected by the response to COVID-19.
It’s estimated 1.1 million casuals alone have missed out on the government payments due to the restrictions on eligibility.
The three stories in this article are by no means the worst out there – but what they do is show the complexities of our current reality, which exist even for those that have qualified for a stimulus package.
Katie – retail.
“I’ve been rejected from JobKeeper from my retail job of 2.5 years because I have permanent employment elsewhere – even though I make much less than $750 at my other job.
The only reason I have the other place of employment is because the JobKeeper package got announced too late, and my employer didn’t let us know they were applying until the end of April. So the only choice I had in the meantime was to apply for this other job to have some sort of income.
The last two months have been a real struggle, luckily I have super kind parents who have helped me out with groceries here and there even though they are struggling themselves.
I still thankfully have the second job, however it’s five days a week on less money, when I could be sitting at home on JobKeeper.