Labor Senator for New South Wales
Millions of Australian families are struggling financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
To check whether you or a family member may be eligible for Government support:
The JobKeeper wage subsidy through your employer
The JobSeeker payment from the Government
The Crisis Payment
The Coronavirus Supplement
Temporary Migrant Support
Labor remains concerned that the Government has not yet provided meaningful support to temporary visa holders who cannot return home.
To help us get this right, please share your story as a temporary migrant living in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Share your story with me
Mental Health Support
Australians are suffering in different ways. There is no shame in getting the support you need.
Mental Health Support Services
A Guide for Mental Health at Home
Help with visa and immigration issues
This information is subject to change by the Department of Home Affairs. Their website is the most updated resource available.
I have immediate family members overseas. Can they come to Australia?
Immediate family members who are not on partner or child visas must complete a COVID-19 request to travel form.
I am overseas and have a visa to enter Australia. Can I come to Australia?
Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia, although the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF) may consider exceptional circumstance requests submitted through the COVID-19 request to travel form.
Why do I need to stay in a hotel in quarantine when I arrive back in Australia?
Most COVID-19 cases in Australia are from people who have arrived from overseas, or from people who have been in contact with COVID-19 positive people who have arrived from overseas.
Labor called on the Morrison Government to improve the self-isolation requirements for travellers to reduce transmission rates.
The Morrison Government has responded, and now requires all people entering Australia to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.
Travellers will be transported directly to designated facilities after appropriate immigration, customs and enhanced health checks.
The relevant state government is responsible for managing these arrangements – including charges.
I want to leave Australia, but a travel ban is in place for all Australians effective 25 March. What can I do?
The ABF Commissioner can approve Australians or permanent residents to leave Australia on a case-by-case basis for a limited number of reasons, including to receive urgent medical treatment, urgent and unavoidable personal business, compassionate or humanitarian grounds, or where the travel is in the national interests. To receive this approval, you must complete a COVID-19 request to travel form.
I’m a visa holder and I’m worried about meeting my visa requirements (including Bridging Visa holders)
Complying with your visa conditions is important. However, the Government has started making practical changes to visa conditions to respond to COVID-19.
The Department of Home Affairs COVID-19 website is the best place to go for up-to-date information on any changes in visa requirements.
The Department of Home Affairs does require you to apply for a new visa before your current visa expires. This rule still applies during the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
You may be eligible to be granted a bridging visa that will ensure you are not in breach of visa conditions until a decision is made on your visa application.
I still have immigration issues that are not being resolved.
Your local Labor MP or state Senator is available to provide some resources and guidance.
Or you can contact my office here.
I need help finding a job
During a global pandemic and the first recession in three decades, it’s become clear too many Australians are being left behind by the Morrison Government. There’s a new announcement every day, but the Morrison Government never deliver.
The Government owes it to Australians to come forward with a proper plan for jobs.
There are a range of online resources to help Australians looking for work, including:
Australian Government Grants
Local communities across Australia can apply for a range of grant programs from the Australian Government. You can subscribe to new grants as they become available by visiting the Community Grants website.
Authorised by P. Erickson, ALP, Canberra