COVID-19 Update NSW 15/07/2021

The NSW stay-at-home-orders have been extended across large parts of NSW until the end of the month given the rising number of COVID-19 infections.

What you need to know:

The stay-at-home orders still only apply to Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Shellharbour.

This means people in those areas must stay home at all times with the exception of four reasons:

  • One person per household per day can shop for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (including to get a COVID-19 vaccine)
  • Exercise outdoors with only one person not from your household
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

What does it mean for our practitioners?

It is highly recommended to move your appointments online or reschedule until after the lockdown finishes.

Update on Government Financial Support for NSW Members – 14 July 2021

The NSW government has just announced a new financial support package for those impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown. The federal government has also increased the Commonwealth Covid-19 Disaster Payment from $500 to $600 for people who have lost more than 20 hours of work, and from $325 to $375 for people who have lost between 8 and 20 hours.

Affected businesses will also be offered support of up to $10,000 per week. Here is a breakdown of some of what the NSW support package will include:

  • An extension to the previously announced business grants program. This means eligible businesses with Australian wages below $10 million can claim grants between $7500 and $15,000 to cover the first three-weeks of restrictions, and takes the potential size of the program to $2.1 billion.
  • Up to $2 billion committed to the scheme to provide cashflow support to businesses to help them retain staff, to be delivered together with the Commonwealth.
  • Payroll tax waivers of 25 per cent for businesses with Australian wages of between $1.2 million and $10 million that have experienced a 30 per cent decline in turnover, as well as payroll tax deferrals and interest free repayment plans.
  • A new grants program for micro businesses with a turnover of between $30,000 and $75,000 which experience a decline in turnover of 30 per cent. The businesses will be eligible for a $1500 payment per fortnight of restrictions.
  • Land tax relief equal to the value of rent reductions provided by commercial, retail and residential landlords to financially distressed tenants, up to 100 per cent of the 2021 land tax year liability.
  • Introduction of legislative amendments to ensure a short-term eviction moratorium for rental arrears where a residential tenant suffers loss of income of 25 per cent due to Covid-19 and meets a range of criteria.
  • No recovery of security bonds, or lockouts or evictions of impacted retail and commercial tenants prior to mediation.

If you would like additional information or to see what support you may qualify for please visit the Services NSW website or call them on 13 77 88.

The NHAA will continue to monitor the situation and will update members on any significant developments.