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 matt.thistlethwaite.mp@aph.gov.au 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

treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

Support for small businesses including sole traders

treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

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:

health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

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


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