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Dine and Discover NSW Grant Closes: 30th of June 2022 Value: Up to $100 Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/dine-discover-nsw/application-for-vouchers

Under this initiative NSW residents aged 18 and over can receive four $25 vouchers to use at participating businesses, including:

  • Two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs.
  • Two $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music and arts venues.

To receive the vouchers, residents need to have the Service NSW app and register for a MyServiceNSW account.

Last Updated: 27th of August 2021
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Support for Homeowners Financially Affected by COVID-19 Program Closes: Ongoing Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/financial-support/homeowners

The NSW Government has compiled a guide to assist people with home loans who are owner-occupiers that are experiencing financial difficulties due to the impact of COVID-19.

The site includes information about

  • Speaking to your lender
  • Changing the terms of your homeloan
  • Deffering payments
  • What to do if you default on your home loan
  • Debt agreements and bankruptcy
  • Help with managing your finances
  • Mental health support and legal advice
Last Updated: 27th of August 2021
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Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment Grant Run By: Services Australia Further Information: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment

Provides a lump sum financial assistance to limit the financial hardship for eligible individuals who are unable to earn an income having been informed by a health official in the state they live and/or work to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.

Claimants are required to complete an application by telephone or by submitting a completed claim form by fax to Services Australia. The easiest way to claim is over the phone.

A claim will be assessed by Services Australia against the eligibility criteria before making payment and claimants will be notified by letter if their claim has been granted or rejected.

Where requested, a claimant may also need to provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria for the payment.

Services Australia makes every effort to process claims as quickly as possible. Depending on individual circumstances, payments can be released in real time to the claimant’s Australian bank account.

Last Updated: 20th of August 2021
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COVID-19 Disaster Payment Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $750 per week Run By: Australian Government Department of Home Affairs Further Information: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment-new-south-wales

Provides a lump sum financial assistance to limit the financial hardship for eligible individuals who are unable to work and earn an income in an area under a state public health order for a lockdown that is greater than seven days and is a determined Commonwealth hotspot.

Last Updated: 19th of August 2021
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A Hold on Evictions for Renters Program Run By: Australian and NSW Governments Further Information: https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/publications/coronavirus-covid-19/property/moratorium

Evictions have been put on hold for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress, who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of the coronavirus. Commercial tenants, landlords and financial institutions are encouraged to talk about short term agreements.

The Government has also announced a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the coronavirus.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Energy Accounts Payment Assistance Grant Value: Up to $50 Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/energy-accounts-payment-assistance-eapa-scheme

If you're having difficulty paying your household energy bill because of a short-term financial crisis or emergency, such as unexpected medical bills, or reduced income due to COVID-19, you could be eligible for Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) $50 vouchers.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Temporarily Reducing Superannuation Minimum Drawdown Rates Grant Run By: Australian Government Treasury Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households/retirees

The Australian Government is temporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown requirements for account-based pensions and similar products by 50 per cent for 2019-20 and 2020-21. This measure will benefit retirees holding these products by reducing the need to sell investment assets to fund minimum drawdown requirements.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Reducing Social Security Deeming Rates Grant Run By: Australian Government Treasury Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households/retirees

The Government is reducing both the upper and lower social security deeming rates by a further 0.25 percentage points in addition to the 0.5 percentage point reduction to both rates announced on 12 March 2020.

The change reflects the low interest rate environment, reducing the income deemed to have been earned from interest on investments and savings allowing for an increase in social security payments.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Tax Deduction for Working From Home Grant Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Home-office-expenses/

If you’re an employee who works from home, you may be able to claim a deduction for expenses relating to that work to cover:

  • Running Expenses
  • Occupancy Expenses
  • Phone and Internet Expenses

Please note that this information is general in nature only, and may not apply to your individual situation.

This 'shortcut method' is available for the 1st of March 2020 to 30 June 2021 only.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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JobTrainer Program Run By: Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment Further Information: https://www.myskills.gov.au/jobtrainer/NSW?js=8

The new $1 billion JobTrainer program will provide up to an additional 340,700 training places to help school leavers and job seekers access short and long courses to develop new skills in growth sectors and create a pathway to more qualifications.

Courses will be free or low cost in areas of identified need, with the Federal Government providing $500 million with matched contributions from state and territory governments.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Relief for Ratepayers and Residents - Armidale Regional Council Grant Run By: Armidale Regional Council Further Information: https://www.armidaleregional.nsw.gov.au/news/news-2020/relief-for-ratepayers-and-not-for-profit-lessees-available-now-from-council

Armidale Regional Council is offering immediate relief to ratepayers experiencing genuine financial hardship due to the Coronavirus pandemic by allowing a three month payment deferral period. Ratepayers and members of the community experiencing financial hardship due to loss of income who cannot make payments on other fees and charges, including water utility payments owed to Council can also apply for hardship and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Jobs Hub Program Run By: Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment Further Information: https://www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/jobs-hub

While many businesses have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and are reducing their workforces, there are some areas of the economy which have an increased demand for workers.

This includes jobs in health and care sectors, transport and logistics, some areas of retail, mining and mining services, manufacturing, agriculture and government sectors, among others.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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