Huge $287 million cash splash to pay workers to stay home and get tested, help struggling backpackers and help volunteers provide emergency food supplies
- NSW Government Offers $287 Million Employee Support Package
- Package helps risk workers who may need to test and isolate
- Hardship money is also available to people with temporary or no visas living in NSW
Thousands of struggling workers and vulnerable people hard hit by NSW’s Covid lockdown will be given a $287 million lifeline.
The funding is intended to financially support at-risk workers who may need to undergo testing and to isolate and support backpackers who have not worked for 11 weeks.
Volunteers who provide emergency food supplies, promote vaccination and testing services, and help multicultural communities also receive a financial boost.
Holders of temporary visas, or those who do not have a visa at all, can claim a hardship payment of $400 handed out by the Red Cross when they are struggling.
NSW government offers $287 million support package to pay vulnerable workers to stay at home and get tested if they come into contact with the virus
The funding is intended to financially support at-risk workers who may need to undergo testing and isolation for some time, as well as provide assistance, including emergency food supplies.
Payments of $320 to support anyone unable to work while awaiting Covid test results will be extended across NSW, not just Sydney, to anyone over the age of 17 without illness or annual leave.
“The expansion and extension of the emergency hardship payment will provide assistance to people across NSW who are under severe financial pressure but are not eligible for other relief payments and grants,” said Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro.
“The test and isolation payment will help people to test and isolate early if they have Covid symptoms.
“This benefit helps to take the pressure off someone who does not have access to leave entitlements or other support benefits.
The package will provide support to people in different sectors in different parts of the state, both metropolitan and regional
NEW NSW COVID SUPPORT PAYMENT
The distressed, one-time payment of $400 administered by the Red Cross, which has been extended to temporary visa holders/non-visa holders in NSW who are facing serious financial difficulties and ineligibility for other government revenue.
The $320 Test and Insulation Payment now extended statewide. It is available to eligible employees 17 years and older, who have symptoms of COVID-19, to be tested and isolated until a negative result is returned. The payment is available to NSW employees who are not on sick leave, care leave or pandemic leave.
· The community supports grants that have expanded across NSW to help organizations provide emergency food assistance, promote vaccination and testing services, and provide culturally appropriate support and care to diverse communities.
“The grants for culturally and linguistically diverse groups have also expanded to connect multicultural communities with essential services during the pandemic.”
People can apply for the support benefits through the NSW website service or app, under the Support Payment Testing and Isolation section.
The money and services, including test kits, vaccinations and emergency food supplies, will be distributed through the Red Cross.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the payment is the latest of the $7.7 billion given out by NSW to support its residents during the pandemic.
“As the lockdown continues, we want to ensure that support is provided where it is needed and that no communities are forgotten,” he said.
“We are giving people under severe financial pressure money in their bank accounts to help them through the lockdown and we are supporting workers to test and isolate early so we can save lives and livelihoods across the state .
“We also support multicultural organizations best placed to connect migrant communities with vital health services to ensure our vaccination rates continue to rise – because that is really key to restoring our state.”
NSW is expected to end its lockdown with a 70 percent vaccination rate by mid-October, with pubs, restaurants and other businesses to open to fully vaccinated residents across the state.
The money and services, including test kits, vaccinations and emergency food supplies, will be distributed through the Red Cross, which is cooperating with the state government on the initiative.