Government support for our sector

Federal Government announcements

Support that will benefit our members
The Federal Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible not‑for-profits, including charities that employ people and have an aggregated annual turnover under $50 million.

The minimum payment is $20,000 and the payments are tax free; there will be no new forms and payments will flow automatically through the ATO.

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Support that will benefit our tenants
The Federal Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight.  This will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.

The Coronavirus supplement will be paid for the next six months. Eligible income support recipients will receive the full amount of the $550 Coronavirus supplement on top of their payment each fortnight.

In addition to the $750 stimulus payment announced on 12 March 2020, the Government will provide a further $750 payment to social security and veteran income support recipients and eligible concession card holders, except for those who are receiving an income support payment that is eligible to receive the Coronavirus supplement.

Victorian Government announcements

Support that will benefit our members
The Victorian Government is providing a $6 million funding boost to homelessness agencies to reduce the incidence of rough sleeping and homelessness, including funding for private rental brokerage for those at risk of falling into homelessness and pop-up accommodation for people who are homeless and need quarantine or self-isolation in Melbourne, where the majority of cases are currently concentrated.

Support that will benefit our tenants
Victorians self-isolating who have no access to food and essential supplies will receive a two-week emergency supply of essentials packages.