Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced further measures the Australian Government are taking to provide “more support for those in the community that need it most”.
Here are the key points from Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s press conference on Sunday, March 29.
$1.1 billion into critical health services.
On Sunday, Scott Morrison said a further $1.1 billion dollars will be utilised by the federal government to implement additional health services. This will include $150 million towards domestic violence initiatives and family violence counselling services, putting $200 million into emergency relief support and $74 million into mental health support.
The mental health package will include a dedicated coronavirus wellbeing hotline delivered by BeyondBlue, as well as $5 million for Lifeline and $2 million for Kids Helpline. It comes as mental health support services have received an unprecedented rise in calls during the coronavirus pandemic, Scott Morrison said.
Morrison acknowledged that with millions of Australians following the advice to self-isolate and social distance, mental health issues surrounding anxiety, depression and isolation are expected to increase. This support is to ensure that every Australian – whether previously mentally ill or not – is supported.
Watch: Scott Morrison announces mental health and domestic violence package in light of the coronavirus pandemic during a national press conference on Sunday, March 29. Post continues after video.
Income support to be announced.
Scott Morrison confirmed the federal government is working on a wage subsidy so that businesses can keep workers on their payrolls during the coronavirus crisis.
Scott Morrison said that this next business package will be “bigger than anything you’ve so far seen”.
Morrison ensured businesses that there will be “further boosted income support across the Australian economy” and said this would be delivered “as quick as possible”.