COVID-19 Financial Resources

Below is information on the financial, workplace, small business and renter resources currently available. I am in regular contact with the government advocating for resources for those in need, and a great deal of work is being done across all portfolios to address this crisis. I will continue to update this page.

The most up to date Health Resource for Covid-19 is www.health.nsw.gov.au

Mental Health Support resources are available www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/services/Pages/support-contact-list.aspx.

Service NSW provides a 24/7 hotline to support people and business operators throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with questions about support and government assistance, phone 13 77 88, information at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19 . Assistance finder disasterassistance.service.nsw.gov.au/covid

 

Resources for Individuals and Households

Use Jobs Hub to help find job opportunities in the changing job market, www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/jobs-hub

Commonwealth income support: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19

Support available from the Australian Taxation Office for individuals and employees, www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/Support-for-individuals-and-employees/

Information for NSW tenants is at www.tenants.org.au/blog/renting-and-covid-19-information and www.tenants.org.au/covid19/guide

Energy bill relief is available for people in NSW through the Energy Accounts Payment Assistance Scheme. Apply for the scheme by contacting Service NSW, 13 77 88 or online at www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/energy-accounts-payment-assistance-eapa-scheme.

Help with your water bills is available at www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/accounts-billing/paying-your-bill/help-with-your-bill/index.htm

Information on Emergency Relief Packages: www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/emergency-relief-packages

Land Tax relief: www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/news-media-releases/covid-19-tax-relief-measures/covid-19-coronavirus-and-land-tax

For information and advice on individuals welfare rights and advice go to welfarerightscentre.org.au/covid19

Supermarkets are taking measures to ensure access and security, and there is no need to panic buy or hoard. Foodbank can help get food to people in need through local charities: www.foodbank.org.au/homepage/who-we-help/individuals/?state=nsw-act

Support available from banks: www.ausbanking.org.au/covid-19/

 

Resources for Businesses and Not for Profits

Support for businesses: business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business

The National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct for SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19 is available HERE.

General Business grants, australiangrants.org/ and www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs

Enrol for JobKeeper $1,500 fortnight payment: www.ato.gov.au/General/JobKeeper-Payment/Employers/Enrol-for-the-JobKeeper-payment/. Key dates for JobKeeper: www.ato.gov.au/General/JobKeeper-Payment/JobKeeper-key-dates/

Support available from the Australian Taxation Office for businesses and employers www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/Support-for-businesses-and-employers/  and not-for-profits www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/Support-for-not-for-profits/

NSW Treasury stimulus and payroll tax cuts: www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/taxes-duties-levies-royalties/

Land Tax relief: www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/news-media-releases/covid-19-tax-relief-measures/covid-19-coronavirus-and-land-tax

Information about workplace rules: www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/website-news/coronavirus-and-australian-workplace-laws

Service NSW Support for Small Businesses: www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-small-businesses

Apply for a small business COVID-19 recovery grant at www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-small-business-covid-19-recovery-grant. Applications 16 August 2020.

For assistance and advice contact Business Commercial Leases and Advice Line 1300 795 534, the Small Business Commission Disputes Line 8332 4815 or Business Advice Line 13 28 46. Commercial Lease regulation information is  www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/regulations/2020-175.pdf

Support available from the Small Business Commissioner, www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/get-help/covid-19-coronavirus-information-small-business-owners

City of Sydney Business Concierge is available to provide advice and support options 9.30 to 4.00pm, telephone, 9265 9333, email CityConcierge@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

City of Sydney business grants: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/grants-and-sponsorships/business-grants

City of Sydney community services grants: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/grants-and-sponsorships/community-grants/community-services-grants

City of Sydney cultural grants and sponsorship: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/grants-and-sponsorships/cultural-grants-sponsorships

Support available from banks: www.ausbanking.org.au/covid-19/

Information for non-profit community groups: communitydirectors.com.au/save-our-sector

 

Further Support

Councils are joining the State and Federal Governments in providing relief to small businesses and others impacted by this crisis. Information on the City of Sydney’s $72.5 million relief package is HERE and Woollahra Council’s HERE

If you require further support with financial assistance contact your federal member of Parliament. 

For residents of Paddington, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay Edgecliff & Woollahra contact Dave Sharma, Member for Wentworth, telephone 9327 3988, email dave.sharma.mp@aph.gov.au

For residents of Millers Point, Dawes Point, The Rocks, Sydney CBD, Haymarket, Potts Point (east of Macleay St), Darlinghurst, Surry Hills & Pyrmont contact Tanya Plibersek Member for Sydney, telephone 9379 0700, email tanya.plibersek.mp@aph.gov.au

 

Advocacy

My letter to the federal Treasurer seeking financial support for overseas workers and students is HERE.

My letter to the NSW Treasurer seeking support for temporary visa holders is HERE.

My letter to the NSW Treasurer seeking direct assistance for small business rents is HERE.

My letter to the Minister for Home Affairs seeking assistance for refugee's and asylum seekers is HERE.