The Tasmanian Government has disclosed a $3 million package to help around 26,000 temporary visa holders stuck in the state considering the coronavirus pandemic. The Tasmanian Government’s main priority is to protect Tasmanians safe from coronavirus and will also not turn our back on transitory visa holders in our State.
Premier Peter Gutwein says it is a time to give grace to those who have contributed to the state.
Tasmania has about 26,000 temporary visa holders, huge numbers of whom have been hit hard by business terminations in the travel industry.
Visa holders who can determine immediate financial hardship will be entitled to $250 for individuals and $1,000 for families.
Visa holders such as fruit pickers, students and hospitality workers will be eligible for $250 for individuals and $1,000 for families
- Support includes payments to visa holders, emergency relief funds to related NGOs and travel advice
- Of some 10,000 compliance checks conducted, police have charged nearly 150 people with failing to comply with quarantines
The state government is additionally putting a restriction on residential rent rises until at least June 30.
Workers who can go home will be given financial support from the Government to get back to their home country, and NGOs will likewise be eligible for emergency relief funds for temporary visa holders.
The state government also assured to provide travel advice and financial support to help people return home when it is sheltered to do as such.
For information on emergency support, such as the Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants, visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/stimulus-and-support/household/emergency-support-for-vulnerable-tasmanians.