Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a new emergency COVID-19 disaster payment for Australian workers affected by snap coronavirus lockdowns.
The “temporary COVID disaster payment” will be made available for workers aged over 17-years-old in states that have been locked down for more than seven days.
Those who would ordinarily work more than 20 hours a week will be entitled to $500 a week, while $325 will be made available for those who normally work less than 20 hours.
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“If a lockdown, as a result of a state public health order, continues in an area that is also defined by the chief officer of the Commonwealth, then we will be providing support for payments for those affected and those affected areas,” Mr Morrison said.
The Prime Minister said the hotspot could be as small as a postcode or as large as a state.
However, there is a catch, as only people who have less than $10,000 in liquid assets will be able to apply for the payment.
It also cannot be combined with other Federal Government funding and support payments like Jobseeker.
Those wanting to apply must also be Australian citizens, residents or visa holders with a right to work here and must be engaged in paid employment prior to the lockdown.
It’s estimated the payment will cost $50 million a week for every 100,000 people who claim the support funding.