If you are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19, the following resources may assist you in understanding available options:
Free UniSuper seminars
Between March and September 2021, UniSuper will be hosting a series of free webcasts with SuperFriend, the mental health partner for the superannuation and insurance industries.
The one-hour sessions will cover various topics from working with a new routine to finding a better work-life balance.
Session dates and times are as follows:
- SuperFriend: Preparing for the New Normal – Wednesday March 10, 12pm AEDT
- SuperFriend: Work life transition tactics – Tuesday July 13, 12pm AEDT
- SuperFriend: Five Ways to Wellbeing – Wednesday September 15, 12pm AEDT
Registrations are open now with places available to all UniSuper members at no cost.
Other information and resources
- Stimulus payments: The Government has announced a range of stimulus payments in response to coronavirus.
- Centrelink payments: The university sector is not eligible to receive the Job Keeper Assistance support and payment. At this point in time, it is not clear that the University Sector will be eligible to receive the subsidy. However, you may be entitled to other support payments offered by the Australian Government. You can register your intention to claim a Centrelink payment.
- Superannuation: The Government is allowing individuals affected by the coronavirus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation for this financial year (2019/20) and a further $10,000 next financial year (2020-21). If eligible, you can apply directly to the ATO.
- UniSuper: If you are a member of UniSuper you may be eligible to purchase or receive income protection cover and or temporary incapacity benefits. Unisuper is available to support its members over the phone on 1800 331 685.
- Mortgage relief: Some financial institutions are offering deferral of mortgage repayments in certain circumstances. Contact your financial institution directly to find out whether you are eligible.
- Rent relief: If you are renting and your ability to make you rent payments are affected by coronavirus, the Tenants Union of NSW has specific advice.
- Tax deductions: You may also be able to claim a tax deduction for home office expenses including internet if you are working from home. See the ATO website for more information.
- Other financial matters: The Government has made a number of coronavirus (COVID-19) announcements which may impact people’s financial decisions.