COVID-19 disaster support payment for Victorian workers

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The federal government has announced new financial support measures for regions that are locked-down for more than seven days in a row.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the temporary COVID disaster payment will be made on a weekly basis, in response to the extended lockdown affecting metropolitan Melbourne.

“That will be a payment of $500 for those who would ordinarily work more than 20 hours in a week and $325 for those who would work less than 20 hours a week,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

To qualify for the new payment, you:

  • will need to self-declare they would normally have worked in that period and lost income.
  • must also be Australian residents over 17 years old, and must prove they have used up all their “appropriate leave entitlements” including the special pandemic sick leave.
  • must also declare they have less than $10,000 in liquid assets and must not be receiving any other income support payment or pandemic payment.
  • Must live in areas declared a hotspot by the Commonwealth.

Victoria has been calling for federal support for days as workers and businesses brace for the financial impact of an extended lockdown.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged many Melburnians would be struggling in the next week.

“That is going to be tough on families, tough on people working from home,” the prime minister said.

“That is going to be tough on essential workers who still need to go to food processing jobs and health jobs and nursing and aged care and all of those health support (jobs).”

He said the costs of funding the payment should be split 50-50 between the Commonwealth and the state.

People can apply for the payments through Centrelink from Monday 7 June.

The Victorian government on Tuesday announced an extra $209 million towards its support package to help business through the latest shutdown.

The package includes:

  • a $190.01 million second round of the Business Costs Assistance Program
  • a $40.7 million new round of the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund
  • $20 million in targeted support for the events industry.

For more information on these programs, please visit:

Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

Victorian Events Support Package

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