Increased financial support for hundreds of thousands of workers in New South Wales will be available from next week as part of the Commonwealth Government's expanded national COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
These are the topics discussed in the interview, we have provided you with most of the links relevant to the support payment.
Information for the Support payments available:
1. Federal Government: Disaster Support Payment
The Disaster Support Payment is administered by Services Australia and eligible NSW residents can apply if they show their work hours have reduced during lockdown anywhere between 8 hours and 20 hours or more.
Who can apply?
Eligible applicants who receive a Centrelink benefit and who do not receive a Centrelink benefit.
How to apply?
Visit mygov to submit your application.
How much can you get per week?
Weekly payments are determined by the amount of hours of work that were reduced or impacted during the lockdown period, amounts for weekly support are anywhere between $450 to $750.
For applicants in Victoria, visit the link to learn about the specific locations eligible and the dates relevant to your location.
2. Leave Entitlements
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for NSW residents:
NSW residents can apply for Pandemic Leave if they have been instructed by Health to isolate or quarantine for a period of time. Applicants are eligible for up to $1500.
3. For tenants in NSW that can't pay their rent?
An Eviction Moratorium has been placed and landlords cannot evict tenants during this period if the tenant cannot make full payments towards their rent.
If landlords reduce the rent during this period, they can access $1500 from the state government.
4. Business Supports in NSW
There are 3 types of Business Grants available for eligible business owners who had an annual turnover or $75,000 or more, in the 2019 financial period.
Job Saver for Business with employees
Employing businesses with an annual turnover of $75,000 or more could receive payments between $1,500 and $100,000 per week. They would need to show that 30% or more decline in revenue.
Non-employing business, for example, sole traders, may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per week.
Sole traders and small business owners with annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 may be eligible during the 2019 period, may be eligible to apply for support and can get a fortnightly payment of $1500 to cover business expenses for the duration of the Greater Sydney Lockdown.
Applications need to be made online.
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