Workers who are unable to earn an income as a result of Sydney’s public health orders could be eligible for disaster payments of up to $500 a week.Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly confirmed on Friday night that the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick have now been declared a Covid-19 Hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support until July 2, 2021.That means eligible workers who can’t work from home and can’t travel to work as a result of the stay at home orders will be eligible for the same payments offered to Melburnians during the recent lockdown.
Under the covid cash eligibility rules:
• If you lost less than 20 hours of work, you’ll get $325 for each relevant period of lockdown
• If you’re eligible and you lost 20 hours or more of work, you’ll get $500 for each relevant period of lockdown
You may be eligible if all of the following apply:
• You can’t attend work and lost income on or after day 8 of a Covid-19 lockdown/stay at home order
• You don’t have access to appropriate paid leave entitlements through your employer
• You’re not getting an income support payment, a state or territory pandemic payment, Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment or state small business payment for the same period
The Covid-19 Disaster Payment is a one off payment to help you when lockdown lasts for more than seven days. You can’t get this payment for the first seven days of the lockdown/stay at home order.
Professor Kelly had already declared parts of Sydney a Covid-19 hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support from June 23 for an initial seven days, and has now extended the hotspot to July 2.
There have been a further 26 cases since the hotspot declaration was made. This takes the total number of cases associated with the outbreak to 65.
“In line with further NSW Government restrictions announced today, Commonwealth support has been extended for another two days until 11:59pm on 2 July, with further review on or before 1 July 2021,‘’ Professor Kelly said.
Professor Kelly also reminded families that getting vaccinated is considered a valid reason to leave home.
By declaring Sydney a covid hotspot, a range of extra support will also be offered to NSW including the provision of PPE from the National Medical Stockpile.
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It also means the new rules will come into force for aged care facilities including PPE and a single site workforce supplement to stop workers from working across multiple sites.
NSW will also be offered assistance with contact tracing, asymptomatic testing via General Practice Respiratory Clinics.
Workers will not be eligible if they are already claiming other special pandemic leave and they must self-declare they have liquid assets of less than $10,000.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the payments last month in the wake of the Melbourne lockdown.