Temporary Australian Government Assistance for Workers

Last week on the 3 June 2021, the Australian Government announced a temporary COVID Disaster Payment for Australians who have had their hours of work and income significantly affected due to state lockdowns.

Even though this is not a payroll item, employers may still be asked what assistance is available. Individuals can claim this payment via myGov from Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Eligible recipients will receive up to $500 per week for losing 20 hours or more of work and $325 per week for losing under 20 hours. They must not have liquid assets of more than $10,000.

This support will be available for Australian citizens and permanent residents, and eligible working visa holders. Individuals who are already receiving income support payments, business support payments, or the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment will not be eligible for this new payment. 

By making these payments available, the Australian Government will ensure that Victorian workers get the financial support they need to stay at home during this outbreak.

To prepare to claim, Australian residents can set up a myGov and Centrelink online account now.

Access to Services Australia Disaster Assistance will be open to the public from Tuesday at www.servicesaustralia.gov.au or over the phone on 180 22 66.

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/payments-and-services-during-coronavirus

CLICK HERE to read the official announcement.

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