Additional government support for people affected by lockdown

In early June 2021, Bentleys reported on the Federal Government’s Temporary COVID Disaster Payment, which was paid at either $325 or $500 per week to support workers who were unable to work because of the lockdown restrictions. 

A further announcement was made on 8 July, which advised additional government support for people affected by lockdown Additional COVID-19 Disaster Payments will be available to eligible workers in New South Wales and nationally over the coming week.

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, explained that from today, workers can claim a second COVID-19 Disaster Payment if they’ve been in lockdown for more than 14 days in the seven Local Government Areas (LGA) of Bayside, City of Sydney, Canada Bay, Inner West, Randwick, Waverley, and Woollahra.

This payment will now also become available to people who were in a Commonwealth declared hotspot and haven’t been able to work because they were impacted by a restricted movement order when they returned to other parts of NSW or interstate.

From the third week of lockdown, applicants will no longer be required to declare less than $10,000 in liquid assets to be eligible for the payment.

Further details can be found below:

Media release – 08 June 2021 – Additional Government support people affected by lockdown
Getting help during Coronavirus COVID-19

We are committed to supporting businesses during this challenging time. For further information or assistance, please contact your local Bentleys advisor.

Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and should not be relied on as advice. It does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. You need to consider your financial situation and needs and seek professional advice before making any decisions based on this information.