Tasmanian Government brings relief to 26,000 temporary visa holders who are stuck in the state during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. State Premier, Peter Gutwein, has announced AUD $3 million package to support people who demonstrate immediate financial hardship.
Temporary visa holders have been recognised to be contributing to the state’s economy and it was “only fair” to offer support to these people in times of need. Visa holders mostly comprise fruit pickers, students and hospitality workers.
The relief is expected to roll out in 4 phases:
Phase 1: Eligible temporary visa holders may be able to claim relief of AUD $250 for individuals and AUD $1,000 for families.
Phase 2: Emergency relief funds to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that support temporary visa holders.
Phase 3: Financial support to assist workers in returning to their home country when practical.
Phase 4: Help employers retain workers in the state, if necessary.
State Premier, Peter Gutwein said, “It’s important we support these people who’ve been working in our community earning an income and this package will take the steps necessary to do that”.