Senate debates

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Motions

Temporary Visa Holders

12:21 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Families and Social Services) Share this | Hansard source

The government's $130 billion JobKeeper program provides unprecedented support to millions of Australians. Eligibility has been focused on maximising the reach of the JobKeeper program while ensuring the program is able to be implemented as quickly and efficiently as possible while remaining sustainable. There is and always has been an expectation that temporary visitors to this country can look after themselves while they're here. The government has announced changes which will see most temporary visa holders with work rights able to access up to $10,000 of their Australian superannuation to help them support themselves in this crisis. This includes students who have been here for more than a year, working holidaymakers and school visa holders. The government has also announced a $200 million boost to community services to expand support to people who may need it.

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