COVID-19- Support for Tasmania’s Temporary Visa Holders
FRI 24 APR
What is the Tasmanian Government’s Offering?
- Extension of the eligibility for Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants, if the individual demonstrates genuine financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Provision of additional funding to non-government organisations to provide additional emergency relief and assistance where required.
- Assistance with travel advice for those who can safely return to their country and if necessary due to genuine financial hardship, on a case by case basis assist with financial support to do so.
- Supporting industry sectors or employers who want to retain their employees because of their specialist skills in the State for when their business is able to start up again and provide additional support in partnership with them so that none of the needed skilled workers are lost.
Which temporary visa holders will benefit?
Those who currently hold the following visas will be eligible for this additional assistance:
- Student visas (Subclass 500)
- Temporary graduates (Subclass 485)
- Provisional Visa Holders (Subclass 489 & 491)
- Seasonal Workers (Subclass 403, 417 & 462).
- Temporary Skilled (Subclass 457 & 482)
How to access this support?
For information on emergency support, such as the Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants, visit:
To register your interest in support to return to your country of origin, call the Public Health Hotline on: 1800 671 738 by 23 May 2020.
What are the existing initiatives for temporary visa holders?
The Australian Government has announced temporary changes to visa arrangements to help agricultural business access the workforce it needs. Visit:
Social support is also available, with the Tasmanian Government having allocated $790,000 to assist with the acquiring, production and disbursement of food to those Tasmanians unable to access healthy and nutritious meals. Visit:
The Government has also invested $4 million into mental health support services to plan and respond to COVID-19. This includes $120,000 for targeted support for Tasmania’s migrant community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian Government has also provided $7 million to the Red Cross to provide limited case management and emergency relief support to temporary visa holders nationally.
For further information, visit
Let us all take a moment to appreciate the tremendous efforts of the Australian Government for their strong support in these distressed times. You can express your good gesture by following all the guidelines suggested by the Government to stop the outbreak: Maintain “Social Distance” and practice “Good Hygiene”
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