Financial help

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JobKeeper payment scheme

The scheme is voluntary and will run until 27 September 2020. It means employers affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) can continue paying their staff. Staff who meet the criteria can get $1500 a fortnight.


Information for employers

You must enrol by 30 April 2020.

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Information for employees

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If your employer gets JobKeeper payments on your behalf, they must give it to you. If they don’t, you can report them to Victoria Police on 131 444 and the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 61.

Test isolation and worker support payments 

If you're in self-isolation while waiting for a test result, or because your work has shut down due to restrictions, you may be eligible for a support payment. 

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NBN

If you’re a NBN customer affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, ask your internet provider about cheaper plans. NBN aren’t charging internet providers a monthly fee until September.

This means internet providers can make plans to help:

  • low-income families with school children
  • support emergency and essential services
  • households and businesses going through financial hardship.

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Energy bills

If you’re struggling to pay your energy bill due to financial hardship, speak to your energy company about a payment plan or extending due dates. The Victorian Government is currently hiring and training financial counsellors to give advice on dealing with energy bills – including how to get the best deal from energy companies

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Early access to your super

If you’re financially affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be able to access some of your superannuation early. You won’t have to pay tax on the amount you withdraw, and you don’t need to include the amount in your tax return.

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Help with renting

If you’re going through rental hardship due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be able to get financial help.