Joint Press release – Senator Lucy Gichuhi and Alphacrucis College
For release 19th February 2019
Senator Lucy Gichuhi (Former Chair of the Education and Employment Committee) has given her support to Alphacrucis College and their move towards gaining university college status, as well as joining the celebration of their 71st year of excellence as a leading Australasian Christian Higher Education Institution.
“Education alleviates poverty,” the Senator said “In my own life experience I have experienced first-hand the trials of poverty while growing up in Kenya. Faith-based tertiary education plays a key role in providing solutions and opportunities in the Australian higher education system.”
Alphacrucis College (AC) is a leading Australasian Higher Education Institution that is Pentecostal-aligned and has a reputation for excellence in student care, teaching and research. The College has over 3500 students spread across 10 locations within Australia and overseas and has three faculties: (1) Theology, (2) Education, Arts and Social Science, and (3) Business. They are seeking university college status in early 2020.
The Liberal Government is committed to creating the right economic conditions for our small and family businesses to prosper and create new and better paid jobs.
More and more older South Australians are taking advantage of the Pension Work Bonus scheme to top up their Age Pension through paid employment.
The scheme allows pensioners to earn an average of up to $250 a fortnight ($6,500pa) without it reducing their pension entitlements. Thanks to the Coalition Government, the threshold will increase on July 1 to $300 a fortnight or a maximum of $7,800pa.
In South Australia 12,749 pensioners have used the scheme in the past twelve months.
“The scheme gives older Australians a change to earn a bit of extra spending money each week, without having to worry about it affecting their pension,” Minister Keenan said.
“It also enables them to continue to make a valuable contribution to their community by taking on vitally important casual jobs such as school crossing guards, exam markers or even vote counters at election time.”
Given the seasonal nature of many of those jobs, the scheme allows pensioners to earn more in some weeks and less in others, as long as they do not exceed the annual cap.
Age Pension recipients do not need to apply for Work Bonus, but simply need to tell the Department of Human Services when they start working so the Work Bonus can automatically apply to their income test.
For more information about Work Bonus, visit humanservices.gov.au/workbonus