Australian Government payments and support
Payments are available for people unable to work due to COVID-19 restrictions, including:
To find out about these and other payments, visit Services Australia's payments and services during coronavirus.
Residential tenant protection
Eligible COVID-impacted residential tenants who cannot meet their rent payments will be protected from eviction during the moratorium period in place until 11 September 2021.
Find out about the residential tenancy support package.
Private rental support – Rent Choice
Rent Choice is a private rental subsidy that helps eligible clients with rental payments for up to 3 years.
Rent Choice products include:
Tenancy Assistance – help with rent and water arrears for eligible private tenants.
Rent Choice Start Safely – for people escaping domestic and family violence.
Rent Choice Youth – helps people aged 16 to 24 who are homeless, or are at risk of homelessness.
Rent Choice Veterans – for former members of the Australian Defence Force.
Rent Choice Assist – supports households that have experienced a major financial setback.
Private Rental Subsidy – help with medium-term accommodation, before social housing becomes available.
Support for international students
The NSW Government is supporting international students in NSW during the COVID-19 pandemic with:
- free food hampers through the Study NSW and Foodbank partnership
- free legal support through the International Student Legal Service NSW and My Legal Mate digital platform
- mental health and welfare support.
To find out about other support services available to international students in NSW visit the Study NSW COVID-19 Help Hub.
The latest federal government's COVID-19 announcements, news, updates and advice are available at COVID-19 International Student Support and Welfare.
Note: Applications for the Temporary Crisis Accommodation Scheme closed 5pm, 12 February 2021.
Superannuation minimum drawdown requirements
For retirees drawing a pension from their super accounts, the Government is temporarily reducing the minimum drawdown requirements by 50% for the 2019–20, 2020-21 and 2021–22 income years.
Deeming rates for pensioners
As of 1 May 2020, the upper deeming rate will be 2.25% and the lower deeming rate will be 0.25%.
Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA)
For up to date information on the Government's economic initiatives visit Treasury's Economic Response to the Coronavirus.