Pandemic support payments to be ‘more simple and streamlined’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will be pitching “more simple and streamlined” financial support systems for states and territories in a lockdown to National Cabinet. “I will be putting to National Cabinet tomorrow … what we think is a more simple and streamlined set of financial supports for states and territories going forward that may find themselves, hopefully not, hopefully not, in a situations where they would be in a period of lockdown,” he said. Under the new changes, COVID-19 support payments would be paid in the second week of a lockdown and “on an arrears basis” for the first week and liquid assets test will be removed. Additionally, payments will be made at the “December quarter JobKeeper figure” which would mean eligible people would receive a weekly amount $600 for over 20 hours lost or $375 for under 20 hours.