COVID-19 Community Update

COVID-19 Community Update

Thanks to the hard work and commitment of all South Australians, we have had fantastic outcomes in fighting the spread of Coronavirus.

We’ve seen in recent weeks that even with such positive outcomes here, we cannot be complacent. This means continuing to follow official health guidance, maintaining social distancing and hand washing to help prevent a second wave of the virus.

While we continue to fight the health impacts of Coronavirus, there are many people in our community confronting the devastating economic impact of the crisis.

Job losses and reduced incomes mean for many families, it is more difficult to make ends meet. Although I know not everyone is facing hardship, many people’s situations are heartbreaking.

I’ve written this post to provide information for you and your families on what support and help is available.

Creating jobs in the South is key to helping the economic recovery in the area – that’s why I have written to the Premier with a detailed list of local infrastructure projects that could help kickstart job creation. This includes roads, schools, parks and community infrastructure.

I have been working with local, state and federal representatives on advocating to ensure programs like JobKeeper are not wound back too quickly causing more economic pain.

If you would like more information or I can help in any way, you can complete my community survey by clicking here

The JobSeeker payment is for Australians between the ages of 22 and 65 looking for work.

While the base JobSeeker rate varies based on your circumstances, there is currently an additional fortnightly $550 Coronavirus Supplement paid to recipients.

The partner and personal income limits have also been temporarily increased, making it easier to access the payment.
In response to unprecedented difficulties for Australian businesses, the Federal Government has introduced the JobKeeper program to help keep workers employed.

This $1,500 subsidy is paid to businesses for each eligibly employee that they keep on their payroll during the COVID crisis. It is also available to sole traders who have experienced a reduction in revenue.

You can find out more about eligible by contacting the ATO.
Financial Support
The Cost of Living Concession is an annual payment designed to assist with living expenses and Council Rates.

The base rate is $215.10 for owner-occupiers and $107.60 for tenants. An additional payment of $500 is also being made to recipients of JobSeeker.

The State Government also offers several other concessions including for energy bills, water and sewerage rates and the Emergency Services Levy.
Mortgages and Rents
The State Government has introduced a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent due to financial distress caused by COVID-19. Rent increases are also temporarily prohibited.

Where possible, property inspections should be carried out by video call or time-stamped photos where possible.

SACAT is responsible for tenancy disputes and can be contacted on 1800 723 767.
Mental Health Support
Many Australians may have found this period extremely difficult with the health and economic impacts of the crisis on display every day.

Should you ever need support, there are several fantastic services which you can contact for mental health advice and care.

Lifeline – 13 11 14
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 363
Kids Helpine – 1800 551 800
Finding a Job
The JobActive program connects you with providers who can aid you in looking for work. This includes specialist agencies for people with a disability seeking work.

JobActive providers work with you on finding work that suits your skill base or providing you with training opportunities to find new work.

There is also assistance for people aged 45 and older who may be returning to work or wanting to change career pathways.
Getting Tested
To be eligible for a COVID test, you must exhibit the one of the following symptoms:

• Fever or chills with no alternative explanation
• Acute respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath)
• Loss of taste and smell

If you’re experiencing one of the above, contact your GP who will determine whether you require a test and refer you to a COVID testing clinic.
Being COVID Safe
There are several simple steps you can take to keep yourself safe from COVID-19.

Hygiene steps you can take to stay safe are:
• Washing your hands with soap and running water for 20 seconds
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing

Social distancing measures include:
• Staying 1.5m away from others
• Not going out unless essential
• Avoiding handshakes, hugs and kisses
• Using contactless payment where possible

About Chris

Chris lives in Port Noarlunga with his wife, young daughter and son. When he has time he enjoys spending time with his family at the beach, volunteer surf life saving at Moana and barracking for the Crows.


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