OPINION

Camden Matters with Peter Sidgreaves: COVID-19 Support Packages for NSW

With the lockdown now extended until July 30, The Prime Minister, NSW Premier and NSW Treasurer last week announced a series of support measures for small local businesses and individuals who are struggling through current restrictions.

As of July 18, Individual Support Packages, are now available at servicesaustralia.gov.au. To summarise,

$600 For individuals who have lost more than 20hrs of work per week

$375 For individuals who have lost 8-20hrs / 1 day of work per week

As of July 14, Business Support Packages, are available at service.nsw.gov.au.

Federal Business Support:

Between $1,500 and $10,000 per week to businesses who can show a 30 per cent decline in turnover

25 per cent payroll tax waivers for businesses with wages between $1.2 million and $10 million who can show a 30 percent decline in turnover

$1,000 payment per week for sole traders

State Business Support:

Grants between $7,500 and $15,000 to cover the first 3 weeks of restrictions for business with wages below $10 million

Grants of $1,500 per fortnight of restrictions for micro business with an annual turnover of between $30,000 and $70,000

Looking after the mental health of ourselves, friends and family is an important part of staying well. There are several high quality services that can be accessed free from home and include NSW Mental Health Services, Lifeline, Health Direct and many more.

For more information please visit; www.health.nsw.gov.au

These restrictions are really hard on us all. The social and economic impacts are devastating for many. I do believe these restrictions are unavoidable given that the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is three times more contagious than the variant experienced last year.

It is heartening to hear of how thoughtful of each other our community is being and how we are trying our best to ensure everyone is ok. We are resilient. We are Aussies and our fighting spirit no matter what is thrown our way is renowned worldwide.

We will come back from this and I have no doubt that optimism will be an integral part of our successful return to a brighter future.