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Strathalbyn Mobile Electorate Office

Rebekha is hosting a Mobile Electorate Office in Strathalbyn on Monday, December 14. Bookings for face-to-face meetings are essential so please call Rebekha's office on 8398 5566 during business hours to make an appointment. More details here:

COVID-19 Information

South Australia's lockdown finished at midnight on Saturday, November 21. If you need advice, the most reliable source of information on the situation in SA – from health matters to directions – is the SA Government COVID website:

https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/

Check regularly for updates, only trust authorised sources.

If you need to talk to someone, my office can be contacted by phone on 8398 5566 during business hours and by email at rebekha.sharkie.mp@aph.gov.au.

More information can be obtained from the following sources.

SA COVID-19 Information Line - 1800 253 787 offers local information and advice on general COVID-19 information for South Australians. Operates from 9am to 5pm.

Communicable Disease Branch line - 1300 232 272 provides information on immunisations from medical officers.

National Coronavirus Information Helpline - 1800 020 080 provides information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) from an Australia-wide perspective.

SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line - 1800 632 753 provides mental health support for people surrounding COVID-19. It is available for people to maintain their mental health and wellbeing.

COVID-19 Relief Call Centre - 1300 705 336 provides information and assistance with such things personal hardship support, accommodation support for people unable to achieve self-quarantining and accommodation for emergency services personnel that are required to quarantine but unable to do so at home. People can also email housingrelief@sa.gov.au.

Red Cross Telecross REDi service - 1800 188 071 register for a free, daily phone call checking on the welfare of vulnerable South Australians in response to COVID-19.

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech or communication impairment, contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.

Useful contacts

Fair Work Ombudsman – Coronavirus Hotline – 13 13 94

Legal Services Commission – 1300 366 424

Women's Safety Services SA – 24hr Crisis Line – 1800 800 098

Homeless Connect – Housing Crisis Support – 1800 003 308

Federal Government Support

Please visit Services Australia website for the latest payments and the eligibility requirements. https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/payments-and-services-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Services Australia has information on both standard payments and pandemic specific pandemic related payments.

PANDEMIC LEAVE DISASTER PAYMENT - $1500

You may be eligible to receive the $1,500 payment if a health official has told you to self-isolate or quarantine. They need to give you these directions for any of the following reasons:

  • you have coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • you’ve been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • you care for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19
  • you care for a child, 16 years or under, who’s been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19.

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment – South Australia is taxable income. This means you’ll need to include it in your 2020-21 Income Tax Return.

Note, this is in partnership with State Government.

“EXISTING” PAYMENTS - JobSeeker

  1. If you need a payment and you're not already getting one from the Federal Government, we may be able to help. Eligibility and waiting periods for some payments have been temporarily adjusted during COVID-19. Use the online guide to check what you can get.
  2. If you already get a payment, you may be able to get the Coronavirus Supplement. You’ll get it as long as you get $1 of an eligible income support payment. You don’t have to do anything. They will pay this as part of your normal payment.

SA COVID-19 Cluster Isolation Payment

The South Australian COVID-19 Cluster Isolation Payment is a single $300 payment to provide financial support to workers in South Australia who are required to self-isolate because of a public health direction from SA Health and mandatory COVID-19 testing and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.

To be eligible, you (or someone you care for) must meet all these criteria:

  • be part of a designated COVID-19 cluster (as notified by the Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate) starting on or after 24 August 2020
  • have undertaken a COVID-19 test
  • be required to self-isolate pending the test result
  • have been scheduled to work during the period of self-isolation
  • have no access to paid leave or other income support
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a holder of necessary visa and work permits (temporary visa holders and international students)
  • be aged 17 years or over.

To check your eligibility and to apply, complete the Online Application Form. If you need assistance, please call DHS (08) 8226 2500.

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