We had all hoped that the end of 2020 would see the back of this virus and all of the challenges that come with it. Yet unfortunately here we are again in lockdown.
We are aware that some people in our PropertyOwners family have already lost shifts or are completely out of work for the time being, as well as facing ‘lockdown fatigue’ during this time. Therefore, we have created an updated list of resources below to assist you in applying for financial help and accessing other resources, should you need them.
If you are unable to work due to the government restrictions.
You may be eligible for government support. The COVID-19 Disaster payment may be available to you, which is up to $750/fortnight that you are deemed eligible. See more here
If you are currently looking for work.
The Jobseeker Payment, is available should you have lost your employment and are currently looking for new work. This payment varies depending on your situation, but can be up to $850/fortnight. If you receive this you should also be eligible for Rent Assistance, to help pay for your accommodation.
If you are struggling to pay rent.
If you are struggling to pay rent, because ofthe pandemic, you may be entitled to a grant of up to $1,500. The Rent Relief Grant has been brought back by the Government. To be eligible for the grant you will need to: have lost income as a result of the pandemic on or after 27 May 2021, have below $2,000 in savings, be under the income threshold, have coordinated a rent reduction with your landlord after the 27 May 2021; and be paying above 30% of your income in rent. See full criteria below.
If you are isolating awaiting a test result.
Then a $450 payment is available for all those who have no sick pay available to them through their workplace.
If you have been directed to quarantine for 14 days.
If you are isolating (or caring for someone who is quarantining), a one off $1500 payment may be available to you.
There are also relief packages and emergency accommodation available for those ordered to quarantine. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/isolation-and-quarantine-extra-help-and-support
If you are struggling to keep up with household costs.
A no-interest Household Relief Loan of up to $3000 have recently been made available by the Government, to support low-income households with the costs of rent and utilities, which are repayable over 24 months. https://householdrelief.org.au
If you need help with electricity, gas and water bills.
There are grants of up to $650 are available to assist you in paying the bills, should you meet the criteria. https://services.dffh.vic.gov.au/utility-relief-grant-scheme
Other support systems:
BCYF & the Salvation Army can assist financially and with other support services.
If you suspect you may have coronavirus, call the dedicated hotline: 1800 675 398
If you are struggling mentally and emotionally at this time, please do not hesitate to call Lifeline on: 13 11 14
Lifeline also have some really helpful tips on supporting you and your children’s mental health and wellbeing during the outbreak here: https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/topics/mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
If you are one of our tenants or landlords and you are struggling, please pick up the phone.
Communication is key in these times, and we will get through this together.
Sending you and your families our very best wishes.
Ji, Hannah and Tanayah