Additional cash for Sydney staff and companies amid prolonged COVID-19 lockdown

More cash can be handed to individuals who have misplaced work and money grants can be delivered to companies struggling in Sydney’s prolonged COVID-19 lockdown. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced the extra assist measures on Tuesday after finalising the main points of the take care of the NSW authorities.


The COVID-19 catastrophe fee for staff can be elevated from $500 to $600 every week if an individual has misplaced 20 or extra hours from subsequent week.  

Individuals who have misplaced between eight and 20 hours could have funds elevated from $325 to $375 every week. 

Mr Morrison mentioned the momentary measures had been geared toward delivering assist as shortly as potential. 

Elevated funds for staff

“You do not have to have misplaced your job, you do not have to have left your employer. It would not matter who your employer is. In case you have misplaced these hours, you can entry that fee proper now,” he informed reporters.

The COVID-19 catastrophe fee will even be made a recurring fee through Companies Australia for so long as restrictions stay in place. 

The funds will start to circulation from 16 July for the preliminary 4 native authorities areas to enter lockdown – Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and the Metropolis of Sydney – and for the remainder of the Higher Sydney area from 19 July. 

Mr Morrison mentioned the funds would assist preserve staff who’ve misplaced hours linked to their employer, in the same vein to the earlier JobKeeper mannequin.  

“This can be a subsequent degree of partnership that is vital to make sure the sacrifices which have been made throughout Higher Sydney and throughout New South Wales are going to get the outcomes that we’re trying for,” he mentioned.

‘Provides us the liberty’

NSW reported 89 new regionally acquired circumstances of COVID-19 on Tuesday with the state’s Premier Gladys Berejiklian declaring there can be no finish to lockdown restrictions till circumstances get to “zero or near zero.” 

Ms Berejiklian mentioned the financial assist would assist efforts to encourage NSW residents to adjust to well being restrictions.

“It provides us the liberty to do what we’d like on the well being aspect by asking everyone to respect the recommendation that we’re offering,” she informed reporters. 

“People and households and companies do not should stress they usually know that at some point of the lockdown, the assist can be there and the assist can be there.” 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.


However Labor’s Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers has raised considerations in contrast to the JobKeeper scheme – staff will nonetheless be prone to being laid off. 

“An important factor we have to see on this bundle is a assure that staff will preserve their jobs,” he informed reporters.

“We do not need to see the federal government discard the most effective most vital features of Jobkeeper simply so they do not should admit that they had been improper to chop it.” 

Support for companies, sole merchants and not-for-profits

Extra assist for small to medium companies will even be launched beneath a 50/50 value sharing association between the Commonwealth and NSW.

From week 4 of the lockdown, companies who’ve misplaced not less than 30 per cent of their income can be eligible for the extra assist through Service NSW.  

These companies will be capable to entry 40 per cent of their NSW payroll funds, by way of funds of a minimal of $1500 and a most of $10,000 per week.  


The brand new small to medium enterprise assist fee can be accessible to NSW companies, together with not for income, with an annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million.

To obtain the fee, enterprise can be required to take care of their full time, half time and long run informal staffing degree as of 13 July.

Eligible entities, which incorporates not-for-profits, will obtain funds of between $1,500 and $10,000 per week based mostly on the extent of their payroll

For non-employing companies, similar to sole merchants, the fee can be set at $1,000 per week.

The brand new preparations would additionally apply to different states and territories decided a Commonwealth hotspot that face prolonged lockdown restrictions. 

Employer teams hope to see fast entry to funds

Employer teams have welcomed the funding and mentioned they hope to have fast entry to the help.

Daniel Hunter, chief govt of the state’s peak enterprise organisation, Enterprise NSW, mentioned the funding is a lifeline.

“It’s a lot cheaper for the federal authorities and the state authorities to subsidise this bundle than the price of JobKeeper,” he informed SBS Information. “But it surely does preserve that connection and hopefully it retains individuals in jobs and companies open.” 

The NSW authorities has additionally reinstated an eviction moratorium for tenants who’ve misplaced not less than a fifth of their work, and is providing rebates to landlords who assist ease rental stress on tenants impacted.

The Commonwealth and NSW governments have additionally agreed to a $17.35 million in psychological well being assist to assist companies, together with these serving to culturally and linguistically numerous communities.

The Ai Group’s chief govt Innes Willox mentioned the monetary assist bundle would additionally assist revive the economic system.

“Insulating these worst affected by longer lockdowns is not going to solely assist put a cap on the impacts on people and companies, it’ll assist preserve the general well being of the economic system,” he mentioned.

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