Federal government announces lockdown South Australians eligible for financial support
The federal government made a big announcement for some stranded Australians the same night the prime minister was criticized.
The federal government announced financial support for stranded South Australians – the same evening the Prime Minister was criticized for his notable absence amid Australia’s latest Covid-19 crisis.
In a joint statement announced overnight alongside Minister of Government Services Linda Reynolds and Minister of Emergency Management, National Recovery and Resilience Bridget McKenzie, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that “of the help is available for South Australians and more help is underway. “
âOur government will stand alongside Southern Australians, as we will with other states and territories, to support communities facing the economic consequences of prolonged shutdowns.â
But it did not come without criticism for the Prime Minister.
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The project Host Steve Price slammed Mr. Morrison on Tuesday night’s news show for being nowhere to be seen as the Delta variant sweeps the country.
“Where the hell is the prime minister?”
“He has half of his country locked up and we haven’t heard from him for a week.”
As The project Released, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the new measures, with residents affected by SA’s closure being eligible for the same Commonwealth payments that those in NSW and Victoria have access to.
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly has declared a number of local government areas as hot spots under Commonwealth definitions, and the South Australian government has declared a state lockdown for seven days.
How it works?
Under the payments, individuals can claim up to $ 600 per week for those affected by the restrictions.
Individuals will be eligible for the Covid-19 Disaster Payment if they have lost between eight and less than 20 hours of work for a payment of $ 375, and for 20 or more hours of work for a payment of $ 600, during the period of confinement.
No liquidity test will be applied to eligibility for these payments.
Anyone who is required to self-isolate by South Australia’s health directorates is also eligible for payments of $ 1,500 to support them and help replace lost income.
Payments will be paid in arrears for the lockdown and anyone affected will be able to apply through myGov from Wednesday July 28. More information about this payment and how to claim will be available on the Services Australia website.
Who can apply?
South Australians in the following local government areas can apply:
The cities of: Adelaide, Burnside, Campbelltown, Charles Sturt, Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham, Norwood Payneham and St Peters, Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield, Prospect, Salisbury, Tea Tree Gully, Unley, West Torrens.
Towns of: Gawler, Walkerville.
And advice from: Adelaide Hills Council.
What if I don’t live inside hotspots?
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said those outside the eligible areas will still be able to apply for financial assistance from the state government.
âIt’s obviously a tough time to come over the next week for South Australians,â he said.
âObviously, those same deal offerings will exist with respect to SA. I imagine that these discussions will continue with the South African government in the days to come.
He revealed that Mr Morrison and Prime Minister Steven Marshall had spoken “on several occasions to make sure that we understand the situation that is going on in South Australia”.
South Australia was in lockdown for seven days at 6 p.m. Tuesday after recording a fifth case of Covid-19 in less than two days.
Mr Marshall said health officials have confirmed that the highly contagious Delta variant has infiltrated the state.
âIf we let this run for too long, we could be in a prolonged lockdown situation in South Australia, something we have always wanted to avoid,â he said.
âWe’ve always had the situation where we’re going strong and we’re going early, that has put us in a very enviable position throughout this pandemic. “