Community groups are concerned the federal budget has not done enough to support millions of welfare recipients.
The economic blueprint includes "hiring credits" for businesses who employ young people.
But the wage subsidy scheme excludes about 900,000 unemployed Australians aged over 35.
Doing the morning media rounds to sell his budget on Wednesday, the prime minister was repeatedly asked about older Australians out of work.
There are no programs specifically catered to their needs.
But Scott Morrison pointed out there was funding for 340,000 job training places.
"That is available for older workers as well - for those who are having to transition between what they may have done in one sector heavily impacted by COVID to go into another sector," he told the Seven Network.
"There is training support for the workers and there is the general support that is provided through the system."
Pensioners, veterans and some concession cardholders will pocket an extra $500 to help them through the pandemic.
But the budget is silent on the future on JobSeeker payments, which will return to $40 a day from the start of next year unless the government intervenes.
Low and middle income earners will soon receive fast-tracked tax cuts.
The Australian Council of Social Service said the tax relief would do nothing for people without paid work.
ACOSS chief executive Cassandra Goldie said boosting the dole would be a far more effective tool in stimulating the economy.
"While people on higher incomes can choose to save, people on low incomes are living week-to-week and have no choice but to spend in the real economy on the basics, boosting business recovery," Dr Goldie said.
She is also concerned there is still no income support for people on temporary visas, who have been told to dip into their own wallets or leave the country during the pandemic.
Dr Goldie said extra funding for aged care packages and mental health services was also insufficient.
The government has expanded a concessional loan scheme for affordable housing but rejected calls to fund a major building program.
Again, ACOSS is disappointed.
"The budget misses key opportunities to generate jobs quickly by investing in social housing construction," Dr Goldie said.
She said the government must do more to reflect it's mantra that "we are all in this together".
"Overall, the budget does not deliver enough investment to pull us out of the historic slump we're in without leaving people behind."