COVID support in Australia

Posted on 3 April, 2020

We know that many people have been shocked by the impact of the Coronavirus and have suddenly found themselves in uncertain situations. Some people have less or no work, are in uncertain housing situations and are unsure about whether they are able to stay in Australia. The state, territory and Commonwealth governments have, as a result, released some support packages for those facing hardship. Please note this is not a comprehensive list and there are guidelines for who is eligible so please read the application information carefully:

australia.gov.au

Services Australia COVID Home Page

INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

The Australian Government has provided a special email and hotline for international students.

If you have been studying in Australia for more than 12 months and are in financial hardship, you will be able to access your Australian superannuation. Register at https://my.gov.au

State and city-specific links:
Study in Australia
Study Adelaide
Study Melbourne
Study NSW
Study Tasmania
Study Perth
Study Gold Coast
Study Queensland

INFORMATION FOR AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS, PERMANENT RESIDENTS AND SPECIAL CATEGORY VISA HOLDERS:
Australia Government Job Hub
– For anyone with working rights in Australia who is looking for work.

Economic Support Payment
– For existing recipients of some Centrelink payments.

Youth Allowance for Job Seekers
– Are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a protected Special Category visa (SCV);
– Between 16-21 years old;
– Seeking full-time employment or studying part-time and looking for work or temporarily unable to work;
– Not in receipt of the JobKeeper Payment.

JobSeeker Payment 
– Are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a protected SCV;
– Over 22 years old;
– Seeking employment;
– Not in receipt of the JobKeeper Payment.

JobKeeper Payment for Employees
– Are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or hold a protected SCV, a non-protected SCV who has been residing continually in Australia for 10 years or more, or a Special Category (subclass 444) visa;
– You are currently employed by an eligible employer;
– Were employed by the employer on 1 March 2020;
– Are full-time, part-time, or long-term casuals (casually employed on a regular basis for longer than 12 months on 1 March 2020);
– At least 16 years old;
– Are not in receipt of a JobKeeper Payment from another employer or the JobSeeker Payment.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Economic Survival Package

NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW Financial Support

NORTHERN TERRITORY
Territory Jobs Hub
– For anyone with working rights in Australia who is looking for work in the Northern Territory.

Business Recovery Support Scheme
– Must be a registered vendor in the Northern Territory.

QUEENSLAND
Queensland Government COVID Support Page

Jobs Support Loans
– For businesses and not-for-profit organisations registered in Queensland.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Support for individuals

Support for businesses

TASMANIA
Business Support, Grants and Loans

VICTORIA
Working for Victoria: Find work if you’ve been impacted by COVID-19
– For anyone with working rights in Australia who is looking for work in Victoria, especially if you’ve recently been made redundant due to COVID.

Business Support
– For businesses operating in Victoria on or before 16 March 2020.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Relief for Businesses

Community advice


Updated on 10 May 2020. 

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