Adelaide is declared a Commonwealth hotspot. Affected residents can claim financial support
By Georgia Hitch
The Chancellor of the Exchequer and South Australian Senator Simon Birmingham has confirmed that metro Adelaide, as well as Gawler and Adelaide Hills, will be declared a Commonwealth hotspot later in the evening.
He said Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly would issue the statement in response to the latest COVID situation in the city.
Adelaide Prime Minister Steven Marshall today announced a nationwide 7-day lockdown.
“The statement will set some things in motion in terms of aid to South Australia,” said Senator Birmingham.
“Such as making any necessary additional equipment available and assisting with contact tracing where necessary.
“It also provides important income support for South Australians.”
South Australians in the designated hotspot areas who lose between 8 and 20 hours of work are eligible for $375, while those who lose more than 20 hours are eligible for $600.
People can submit a payment request at the end of the lockdown as it will be paid in arrears.
Senator Birmingham said people outside the Adelaide, Gawler and Adelaide Hills metro who were still subject to restrictions would receive financial support from the SA government – as has been the case in other states such as Victoria, where restrictions have affected wider areas than defined in the hotspot statement.