The Australian Government is expanding the eligibility criteria for the fortnightly $550 Coronavirus supplement to Australians receiving student support payments.
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz said students in the region can be reassured they will be supported during this tough time.
“We’re so lucky to have access to a number of great University campuses, USQ in Toowoomba, our very own UQ Gatton, USQ Springfield and of course, Griffith and Bond on the Gold Coast.
“To support those students, the Australian Government has announced changes to the Coronavirus supplement, which will benefit those on Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY and ABSTUDY.
“Students are going to be as equally disadvantaged during this time. If you work a few hours each week to supplement your income, be it at the local café, takeaway or pub – those hours are likely to be gone either now or in the coming weeks and months.
“There is going to be a cost impost as a result of new restrictions, through a loss of income or increasing cost of living or changes to study arrangements.
“Many students, particularly those studying at UQ Gatton or USQ Toowoomba are living away from home, they need additional support to cover cost of living pressures,” Mr Buchholz said.
Mr Buchholz said for more information, students can visit dss.gov.au/about-the-department/coronavirus-information-and-support or call his office on (07) 5541 0150.