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The JobKeeper program and Coronavirus Supplement have been extended for Gippslanders under the next phase of the Federal Government’s support for affected businesses and households.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the economic support was vital in helping Gippsland get through the coronavirus pandemic and build back better.

“Under the next phase of support, the JobKeeper Payment will continue at its current level until 27 September, after which it will be extended for a further six months to 28 March 2021,” Mr Chester said.

“A two-tiered payment will also be introduced from 28 September to 3 January next year, to better reflect the pre-coronavirus income of payment recipients. The two payments will be $1,200 and $750 per fortnight, with the lower payment for employees who worked less than 20 hours a week in the month of February.

“From 4 January to 28 March next year, the two payments will be $1,000 and $650.”

“The temporary Coronavirus Supplement for those on income support will also be extended until 31 December and the $550 per fortnight Supplement will continue until 24 September.

“From 25 September until 31 December, the Supplement will be $250 per fortnight, reducing by the same amount as the JobKeeper payment.

“This continued support for Gippslanders who are without work, businesses, and their workers will help our community not only get through this crisis, but recover on the other side.”

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the extension of support recognised that Australia’s economic recovery is still in its early stages and a number of local businesses and individuals remain significantly affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.

“The Morrison Government’s focus remains on reopening the economy where it is safe to do so, but the extension of these measures recognises that some parts of the economy will continue to be affected and need continued support,” the Treasurer said.

“Sadly, as a result of this global health pandemic, businesses will close and people will lose their jobs, but that is why we have extended the Coronavirus Supplement and announced a new skills package to help people transition from welfare to work,” the Treasurer said.

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