COVID Relief Payments – Employees
The Commonwealth Government has declared the local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim as national hotpots.
That means that Queenslanders within those areas will be eligible to apply for financial support
Full details have now been released on Services Australia’s Website – Here
Key Points from Services Australia Website
If staff meet ALL eligibility requirements* (check website for details) then they can apply for the following periods
- 1 August to 7 August 2021
- 8 August 2021
Staff must use any appropriate paid leave they have before they can get the COVID-19 Disaster Payments. They need to use any pandemic related paid leave entitlements before they can get the payment.
Leave that is not included
You are not required to take any of these types of leave before accessing the payment
- Annual Leave
- Unpaid Leave
- Paid Sick and Carer’s Leave
- Long Service Leave
- Compassionate Leave when the employer has stood you down without pay
If eligible employees will get the appropriate payment amount for each payment period they’re eligible for, refer to the table below for reference.
A full day of usual work is what staff had been schedules to work but could not because of the restricted movement order. This includes not being able to attend a full time, part time or casual shift less than 8 hours.
It is the Employee who makes the claim application (not the employer) and they do so via their MyGov account. The employee will be asked (as part of the application) for their employer ABN – so employers should provide this to their employees along with a copy of the bulletin or link to Services Australia website to guide them with application.
The Employee can submit their claim application from Sunday the 8th of August
2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants
The Queensland Government has announced that $5,000 grants will be made available to small and medium businesses (this includes P&C Associations) across Queensland affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown (commenced Saturday 31 July 2021) and lockdowns in other states.
The Queensland Government recognises the short interval between lockdowns in South East Queensland, and the unique circumstances faced by regional economies who are impacted by multiple border closures. These $5,000 grants will provide cashflow support for businesses to help them adapt to evolving circumstances.
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