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Here’s how you can access the new economic support measures for locked down regions

The federal government has prepared a new economic support package for workers and businesses impacted by extended coronavirus lockdowns.  New South Wales’ worsening outbreak has prompted the new measures available for all states and territories forced to lock down over a continuous period.

In addition to the federal government’s measures, the New South Wales state government has also announced new economic supports for businesses and a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions.

Here are the key measures:

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

The existing COVID-19 Disaster Payment, introduced during Melbourne’s May coronavirus lockdown, will be expanded and increased.

Regions classified as Commonwealth government-declared hotspots have to access a weekly payment of between $325 and $500.

Now from week four of a lockdown, that payment will be increased to $600 a week for workers who have lost 20 or more hours of work.

A weekly payment of $375 can be accessed for those who lost between eight and 20 hours of work.    Services Australia will administer the costs to workers regardless of their employment status as casual or full-time.

“You don’t have to have lost your job,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, adding that the liquid asset means test requirement has been adjusted to facilitate access to the support. “It doesn’t matter who your employer is. If you have lost those hours, you can access that payment right now.” Payments become accessible from 16 July for the initial four local government areas to lockdown in NSW – Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, and the City of Sydney – and for the rest of the Greater Sydney region from 19 July.

Molly Aronson

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