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Financial support during Greater Sydney construction shutdown

Bruce Fan - Saturday, July 17, 2021


The NSW Government blindsided the construction industry with a 14-day shutdown announced Saturday 17 July.

The ETU Construction and Lifts Team is on hand to provide full information and support to our members throughout this period.

We list below the key financial support that will or may be available to ETU members from today.

To access these payments you will need to establish a myGov account. See this link: https://my.gov.au/LoginServices/main/login?execution=e1s1

COVID Disaster Payment

The first thing I urge every member to do is apply immediately for the NSW Covid Disaster Payment at this link

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment

The COVID Disaster Payment (taxable) provides $600 per week for workers in a NSW COVID hotspot who have lost 20 or more hours of work per week.

Workers who have lost between 8-20 hours per week are eligible for $375 per week.

You can qualify for the COVID Disaster Payment even if you are being paid certain types of leave. Please check eligibility at the link above.

The Payment is available immediately, is available to visa workers, and there is no liquid assets test.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment covers NSW workers unable to work because they must self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19.

This Payment is a lump sum $1,500 for 14 days and is available to visa workers. Apply at this link

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment-new-south-wales

Other government benefits

Depending on your personal circumstances, there may be other Centrelink benefits you can access. Contact Services Australia 180 22 66

www.servicesaustralia.gov.au

MERT

A $2,000 Stand Down payment (taxable) is available from MERT to assist with hardship, followed by a second $2,000 payment five weeks later. Access from www.mert.com.au or call 1800 023 692

Workers Compensation

If you test positive for COVID-19 as a direct result of workplace exposure, you may be eligible for workers compensation. Contact your ETU organiser or the ETU etunsw@etunsw.com.au or (02) 9267 4844.

Income Protection

COVID-19 is a covered event under your Chifley Income Protection Policy. Members may be covered if there is an inability to work through sickness and accident as a result of COVID-19. Go to www.chifleyservices.com.au or call 1800 800 002

ETU information & support

For more information and support, please contact your ETU organiser, email etunsw@etunsw.com.au or call (02) 9267 4844.

ETU construction organisers

Fred Barbin fredb@etunsw.com.au 0437 031 840

Stewart Edward stewarte@etunsw.com.au 0419 210 442

Antony Stegic antonyc@etunsw.com.au 0414 877 943

Nick Bligh nickb@etunsw.com.au 0475 284 234

Lawrie Duff lawrenced@etunsw.com.au 0400 749 008

ETU lift industry organiser

Steve Bankes steveb@etunsw.com.au 0414 877 553

The ETU is working with other industry stakeholders towards the goal of getting the construction and lift industries open for members to work safely as soon as possible.

The union is also lobbying for increased government support for workers and families impacted by COVID restrictions.

We will send updates as new information comes to hand.

Proud to be union

Allen Hicks

Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT