NSW Government announces COVID-19 support package for migrants and temporary visa holders

The NSW government has announced over $6 million dollars in funding for migrant workers and temporary visa holders in NSW impacted by COVID-19.

RLC welcomed the announcement, saying it will provide much-needed support to essential workers in NSW. 

Together with the Migrant Employment Legal Service, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service and a consortium of CLCs in NSW, RLC's employment law service called on the NSW government for additional measures to protect migrants and temporary visa holders from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Today's announcement is an incredibly welcome reprieve for migrant workers and temporary visa holders in NSW." RLC's Employment Law solicitor Sharmila Bargon said.

"These essential workers have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 job losses, and have been without access to other forms of welfare support during the health crisis. We are delighted to see such positive action from the NSW government, which will help thousands of people in NSW on the brink of starvation and homelessness."

The NSW Government will distribute funding to specialist migrant and settlement NGOs, and multicultural community organisations who are providing basic support to vulnerable people including domestic violence survivors.

Acting Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee said it’s vital these people are given the urgent help they need.

“The NSW Government is determined to ensure we support our most vulnerable by providing funding for essentials like food and medicine,” Mr Lee said.

“Our multicultural community leaders and organisations, and specialist migrant and settlement NGOs have shown immense leadership during this time, and I thank them for the work they have been doing to support our communities,” Mr Lee said.

This funding is in addition to the $20 million temporary crisis accommodation for stranded international students the NSW Government announced earlier this month.