Prime Minister announces increase to disaster support payment.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced new financial support for workers after a four-week lockdown extension in Greater Sydney was confirmed by NSW Government.
People in NSW who have lost more than 20 hours of work will get an increase of $150 a week, which takes them to $750 - the same as JobKeeper when it was initially introduced.
Those who have lost fewer than 20 hours will receive an extra $75 a week, taking them to $450 a week.
The Prime Minister added: "In addition to that, we will be extending support to those who are on welfare payments and they will be able to receive a payment if they have lost more than eight hours of $200."
Sydney facing four week lockdown extension.
The Greater Sydney lockdown is expected to be extended four more weeks as NSW government authorities adjust some coronavirus restrictions for construction and other sectors.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her crisis cabinet met on Tuesday to put together a roadmap out of the health emergency that has engulfed Sydney and surrounding regions since late June.
But cabinet opted to extend the lockdown for four weeks, multiple media outlets have reported, which will be a blow for already struggling businesses.
Breaking: NSW Premier Berejiklian will announce a four-week extension of the lockdown on Wednesday, with concessions to allow construction to resume from Saturday in non-hot spot areas https://t.co/Ri9lCv7FCR pic.twitter.com/ruV9XUYV1t— The Sydney Morning Herald (@smh) July 27, 2021
That would set a new end date of August 28 - nine weeks after the city first entered the severe restrictions. It was due to end on July 30.
The construction industry - abruptly shut down on July 19 due to significant workplace transmissions - could be reopened on Saturday but with some restrictions.
A singles bubble is also likely to be introduced for people on their own, while the government is also believed to be considering rapid antigen testing for Year 12 students and essential workers.