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Settlement Guide - Financial assistance for temporary visa holders and asylum seekers

Demand for emergency food relief has spiked during the Greater Sydney lockdown. Source: Foodbank

Temporary visa holders and asylum seekers who aren’t eligible for government payments can access emergency financial assistance if they are experiencing hardship during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

 

Temporary visa holders were left out of the federal government’s JobKeeper program in 2020. This year, the COVID Disaster payments are available to some eligible temporary visa holders who have lost income due to health orders.

However, many are still not covered by this safety net.

Individuals and families can access between $200- $400 in one-off assistance to meet their immediate needs, like food and medicines.


 

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