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In an effort to help those truly in need, Centrelink has announced a new welfare package will be introduced to assist those who failed to influence Instagram.
Canberra has today announced a new welfare payment specifically for failed Instagram influencers.
“Unfortunately this is a fast growing segment of society,” says the Minister for Human Services, Cameron Henry. “We want to make sure these people don’t become marginalised any further.”
From next month, failed Instagram influencers will be eligible for a $618 fortnightly payment.
“Applicants will need to demonstrate an Instagram follower count of 10,000 or less,” says Cameron Henry. “We want to assist these people on the road to regular employment.”
More than 3 million Australians are currently living below the poverty line. It’s estimated 14% of them are failed influencers.
“These people have made brave sacrifices on the journey to becoming influencers. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out.”
As part of the plan, Centrelink is also encouraging financially stable Australians to donate their old iPhones to influencers who don’t qualify for the payment.
“These people still have hope of earning money from being influencers,” says Cameron Henry. “We’re doing everything in our power to ensure their dreams are realised.”
This piece was originally published by Double Bay Today.