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Funding support for temporary visa holders

14 July 2020

The NSW Government will fund $4 million to support temporary visa holders and specialist migrant and settlement services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The funding will provide temporary visa holders with access to food and supplies, medical support, telecommunications, transport and essential housing during COVID-19

Funding will also be available to support other services including:

  • culturally appropriate case and support workers
  • transportation and outreach services to connect with isolated communities 
  • interpreting and translation services.

The increased funding is in addition to the $2 million of grants previously distributed as emergency relief to asylum seekers.

Acting Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee said temporary visa holders are increasingly at risk of hardship since the outbreak of COVID-19.

“We know that specialist migrant and settlement organisations have had to really step up in extremely challenging times to support some of the most vulnerable in our society with their most basic necessities,” Mr Lee said.

For eligibility information and to apply, visit Multicultural NSW.

Temporary visa holders seeking financial support must apply by 4pm, Monday 27 July 2020.

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