COVID-19 Financial assistance

by Nichole Edsall on July 31, 2021

Financial assistance from the Commonwealth Government and NSW Government has been announced that is aimed to support individuals and businesses during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

COVID-19 Disaster payment

The COVID-19 Disaster payment is a support payment for workers adversely affected by a state public health order.

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 restriction of movement event.
  • you don’t have access to appropriate paid leave entitlements through your employer.
  • you’re not getting an income support payment, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Dad and Partner Pay or Parental Leave Pay.
  • you're not getting a state or territory pandemic payment, Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment or state small business payment for the same period.

To get the payment, you need to meet the general eligibility rules and any rules for the COVID-19 health order that affected you.

For more information: COVID-19 Disaster Payment - Services Australia

COVID-19 Business Support Payment

The NSW Government will be offering financial support to businesses impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions and stay-at-home orders.

If your business or not-for-profit organisation has been impacted by the restrictions, you may be eligible to apply from 19 July 2021. 

  • COVID-19 business grant: if you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation impacted by the current Greater Sydney COVID-19 restrictions, you may be able to apply for a grant of up to $15,000 from 19 July 2021.
  • Saving Jobs: a support program funded jointly by the NSW and Commonwealth governments to maintain employment of staff for small and medium businesses impacted by the current health restrictions.
  • Micro business grant: if you’re a micro business (small business or sole trader with annual turnover of more than $30,000 and under $75,000) impacted by the current Greater Sydney COVID-19 restrictions, you may be able to apply for a grant of up to $1500 from late July 2021.

For more details: COVID-19 business support – 2021 | Service NSW

The Commonwealth and NSW Government will also deliver a $17.35 million mental health support package for NSW.