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COVID support payments expanded for workers and vulnerable communities


The NSW Government has announced an additional $287.5 million in COVID-19 financial support to assist workers and vulnerable communities in metropolitan, regional and rural NSW. The additional funding will see COVID-19 emergency hardship payments, test and isolate support payments and community empowerment grants expanded across all of NSW. The funds will assist workers and vulnerable people under financial strain due to the COVID-19 restrictions across the State. The new $287.5 million funding commitment is in addition to the NSW Government’s existing commitment of $7.7 billion in COVID-19 support measures. The additional $287.5 million funding commitment includes:

  • The emergency hardship, one-off payment of $400 administered by the Red Cross which has been expanded to temporary visa/no visa holders in NSW who are facing severe financial hardship and are not eligible for other government income. To apply click here

  • The test and isolate payment of $320 which has now been expanded Statewide. It is available for eligible workers aged 17 and over, who have symptoms of COVID-19, to get tested and isolate until a negative result is returned. The payment is available to NSW workers who do not have sick, carer's or pandemic leave. To apply click here

  • Community supports grants which have been expanded across NSW to help organisations deliver emergency food relief, promote vaccination and testing services, and provide culturally appropriate support and care to diverse communities.



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