Coronavirus (COVID-19) update No.2

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an unprecedented health crisis and something affecting everyone in our community.

The economic impact is devastating and I know that many of you are hurting. We will get through this by working together and my staff and I are here to help you.

If you need information or support services relating to the broader economic and financial impacts of COVID-19, please call my office on 9349 6007, email or reach me via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

The Government has now announced several support measures as part of its second stimulus package. These include: 

  • A temporary increase to the Job Seeker Payment (which includes the former Newstart Allowance) through a $550 per fortnight Coronavirus Supplement – starting on 27 April, for six months;
  • A second one-off $750 payment to many social security, veteran and other income support recipients, including pensioners – to be paid in July;
  • The temporary waiving of the Liquid Assets Waiting Period and Newly Arrived Migrants Waiting Period for working age payments; and
  • A further reduction of the deeming rates to 0.25 per cent as the lower rate and 2.25 per cent as the upper rate – from May.

I believe that the start dates for these payments is too late. My Labor colleagues and I have called on the Government to bring forward the dates the payments begin.

The following links provide a summary of the latest support available for our community from the Federal Government:

Support for individuals and households

Support for small businesses including sole traders

While the COVID-19 situation is evolving, it’s most important that we all act on the latest medical advice. For more information on the health aspects of COVID-19, please follow the link to:

I will continue to provide you with updated information as it becomes available.

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