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CORONAVIRUS HEALTHLINE: 1800 020 080
As this situation is changing rapidly, please visit https://www.australia.gov.au/ for the latest updates.
The Morrison Government has released the second stage of its economic plan to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus and help build a bridge to recovery.
A total of $189 billion is being injected into the economy by all arms of Government in order to keep Australians in work and businesses in business, including in the Wide Bay.
Please view the following factsheets for further information:
The following assistance is available for people including individuals, families, casual workers, sole traders, and retirees whose incomes have been affected:
The following assistance is available for businesses:
Volunteer Grants 2020
Wide Bay community groups are invited to submit Expressions of Interest for grants of $1000 to $5000 to support their volunteers.
Expressions of interest must be returned to Mr O’Brien’s office by Tuesday January 28, 2020 and selected projects will proceed to the formal application stage in February.
School Leavers Guide 2019
The School Leavers Guide provides useful information for Year 12 students, and a summary of the options they may consider to help them prepare for life after school. The 2019 Guide also provides updated details on the range of services and support available to help young people work or study.
The Age Pension Guide - October 2019
Each year, in September and March, the Age Pension payment rates are increased and other details affecting the Age Pension are updated. This can be confusing and complicated for many people, so each year Mr O’Brien puts out a popular Aged Pension Guide, which explains simply and in large print what pensions are available and the eligibility criteria. This guide has been updated for October 2019, and also provides information on a range of other issues associated with pensions, such as the Pension Bonus Scheme, the Carer Payment and Allowance, and the range of health and discount cards available to pensioners.