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Federal Government


Individuals and Households

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

The Commonwealth will enhance and expand the support available to NSW and other states that experience an extended lockdown.

Specifically, the Commonwealth will:

  • From week four of a lockdown because of a Commonwealth declared hotspot, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will increase from $500 to $600 each week if a person has lost 20 hours or more of work a week or $325 to $375 each week if a person has lost between 8 and 20 hours of work.
  • Make the COVID-19 Disaster Payment a recurring payment for approved recipients for as long as the Commonwealth declared hotspot and lockdown restrictions remain in place. This will remove the need for recipients to re-claim for each seven day period of a lockdown.
  • Amend the COVID-19 Disaster Payment so that a person would be eligible for the payment, including where they are still working, provided they have lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work.

From 18 July 2021 the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be available to those outside Commonwealth declared hotspots in NSW that meet the criteria for the payment.

The NSW Government will fund any payments outside a Commonwealth declared hotspot, with the Commonwealth continuing to fund payments to recipients in a Commonwealth declared hotspot.

This arrangement will be available to other states and territories for future lockdown as a result of a Commonwealth declared hotspot.

Information about how to apply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment can be found on the Services Australia website at COVID-19 Disaster Payment.



New South Wales

COVID-19 Business Support - 2021

The NSW Government will be offering financial support to businesses impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions and stay-at-home orders.

If your business or not-for-profit organisation has been impacted by the restrictions, you may be eligible to apply from 19 July 2021.

Upcoming Support:

  • COVID-19 business grant: if you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation impacted by the current Greater Sydney COVID-19 restrictions, you may be able to apply for a grant of up to $15,000 from 19 July 2021.
  • Saving Jobs: a support program funded jointly by the NSW and Commonwealth governments to maintain employment of staff for small and medium businesses impacted by the current health restrictions.
  • Micro business grant: if you’re a micro business (small business or sole trader with annual turnover of more than $30,000 and under $75,000) impacted by the current Greater Sydney COVID-19 restrictions, you may be able to apply for a $1500 payment per fortnight of restrictions from late July 2021.

More Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19-business-support-2021

Support for commercial tenants and landlords under COVID fighting fund

Eligible commercial tenants and landlords will receive greater support and certainty during the current restrictions with the NSW Government acting quickly to implement the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2021 as part of the $5.1 billion COVID-19 economic support package.

Commercial and retail landlords will be required to attempt mediation before taking certain actions, such as recovering a security bond, locking out or eviction against a tenant impacted by the Public Health Orders.

More Information: https://nsw.liberal.org.au/Shared-Content/News/2021/Support-for-commercial-tenants-and-landlords-under-COVID-fighting-fund

Legislation (PDF) for reference: https://legislation.nsw.gov.au/view/pdf/asmade/sl-2021-379

COVID-19 support package for tenants and landlords

These new, temporary measures will support both tenants and landlords. They will help reduce community movement and the potential spread of the virus during this phase of the pandemic.

60 day freeze on evictions

Tenants who can’t pay their rent in full because they are impacted by the recent COVID-19 outbreak can't be evicted between now and 11 September 2021.

Financial support for landlords

Up to $1500 per tenancy will be available for landlords who agree to reduce rent for COVID-19 impacted tenants.

More Information Here: https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/publications/coronavirus-covid-19/property/moratorium

COVID-19: Mutual obligation requirements for JobSeekers suspended for affected NSW areas until 3rd of August

The suspension of mutual obligation requirements has been extended for New South Wales job seekers and participants in Bayside, Blue Mountains, Canada Bay, Central Coast, City of Sydney, Greater Sydney, Inner West, Randwick, Shellharbour, Waverley, Wollongong and Woollahra and will be in place until Tuesday 3 August 2021 (inclusive).

More Information: https://jobsearch.gov.au/mor

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