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.
Use Jobs Hub to help find job opportunities in the changing job market, www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/jobs-hub
The new City of Sydney Business Concierge is available to provide advice and advice on support options 9.30 to 4.00pm, telephone, 9265 9333, email CityConcierge@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Resources currently available
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 for NSW tenants is at www.tenants.org.au/blog/renting-and-covid-19-information and https://www.tenants.org.au/covid19/guide
Information for commercial tenants: The National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct for SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19 is available HERE. 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 www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/regulations/2020-175.pdf
Contact your telecommunications provider if you are having trouble paying bills for phone or internet.
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
Commonwealth income support: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19
For information and advice on individuals welfare rights and advice go to welfarerightscentre.org.au/covid19
Information on Emergency Relief Packages: www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/emergency-relief-packages
Service NSW Support for Small Businesses: www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-small-businesses
Information on rapid $10,000 grants for small businesses: www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-small-business-covid-19-support-grant
Register your business or get information on JobKeeper $1,500 fortnight payment: www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/?=redirected_JobKeeper
NSW Treasury stimulus and payroll tax cuts: www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/taxes-duties-levies-royalties/
Support for sole traders without employees: www.business.gov.au/Risk-management/Emergency-management/Coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business/JobKeeper-Payment-for-sole-traders
City of Sydney small business grants: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/grants-and-sponsorships/business-grants/small-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 sector resilience grants: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/grants-and-sponsorships/cultural-grants-sponsorships/cultural-sector-resilience-grants
Support available from the Australian Taxation Office: www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Dealing-with-disasters/In-detail/Specific-disasters/COVID-19/
Support available from banks: www.ausbanking.org.au/covid-19/
Support available from the Small Business Commissioner: www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/get-help/covid-19-coronavirus-information-small-business-owners
Information about workplace rules: www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/website-news/coronavirus-and-australian-workplace-laws
Information for renters: www.tenants.org.au/blog/renting-and-covid-19-information
Information for non-profit community groups: communitydirectors.com.au/save-our-sector
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com