Updates To COVID-19 Support Measures (NSW, VIC & Individuals)

The Federal, NSW and VIC Governments announced a series of new measures to support individuals and businesses impacted by the lockdowns on Wed 28 July 2021. 

New funding measures include:

  • COVID-19 Disaster Payment increased to $450 (between 8 and 20 hours lost) and $750 per week (20 hours or more lost) from 2 August 2021
  • NSW JobSaver extended to businesses with a turnover up to $250m from $50m and increased to up to $100,000 per week (from 18 July 2021)
  • New and extended VIC grants announced including:
    • Business Continuity Fund – eligibility based on Business Costs Assistance Program.
    • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 – extended funding
    • Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and Landlord Hardship Fund
    • Small Business COVID Hardship Fund – new fund for those ineligible for other grants and funding
    • Alpine Business Support Program – extended funding

What lockdown support is available for individuals?

If you can’t work because you or someone in your household is impacted by COVID-19, support is available.

There are two payments accessible to individuals: the COVID-19 Disaster Payment; and, the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

How to apply for support
You can apply for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment or the top-up income support payment through your MyGov account if you have created and linked a Centrelink account.

Apply for the Pandemic Leave Payment by phoning Services Australia on 180 22 66.

Find Out More

What lockdown support is available to NSW business?

The NSW and Federal Governments have released a series of measures to support business during extended lockdowns of four weeks or more.

  • Up to $100,000 in weekly JobSaver cashflow support payments
  • Up to $15,000 through the expanded NSW 2021 COVID-19 business grants program
  • NSW micro-business grants
  • NSW payroll tax deferrals and a 25% payroll tax waiver
  • NSW rent protections and grants
  • NSW sector support for the arts and accommodation sector

Find Out More

What lockdown support is available to VIC business?

A new series of grants have been announced to support Victorian business:

  • $5,000 Business Continuity Fund
  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021
  • Small Business COVID Hardship Fund
  • Alpine Business Support Program
  • Top-up support (cash grants for businesses impacted by the 15 July 2021 lockdown)

Find Out More