Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the federal government would provide support to Victoria “as soon as needed” if the state goes back into lockdown.
“We would look to work with them to provide that as soon as that was needed. We already did that in the last lockdown,” Mr Morrison told ABC radio this morning.
“For the first two weeks of the lockdown in NSW it was exactly the same as what we did in Victoria… if Victoria has to go into that situation, lets hope they don’t, we have got models now that move quickly.”
It comes after the Victorian government expressed fury at the emergency relief package announced for NSW.
From Sunday, the Covid-19 Disaster Payment will increase from $500 to $600 per week if a person has lost 20 hours or more of work a week, or $325 to $375 each week if a person has lost between eight and 20 hours.
Small and medium businesses NSW will also receive cash support for 40 per cent of their payroll payments, at a minimum of $1500 and a maximum of $10,000 per week, provided they don’t lay off staff.
The Commonwealth will fund 50 per cent of the cost of the business support payments, with the NSW Government to fund the rest.
The Victorian Government released a scathing statement on Tuesday afternoon which stated residents were “sick and tired” of having to beg for help and that the support for NSW represented a “double standard”.
“Everyone in Australia believes that people in Sydney and NSW deserve every possible support as they battle a second wave and a long lockdown,” the statement said.
“But Victorians are rightly sick and tired of having to beg for every scrap of support from the federal government.”
“It shouldn’t take a crisis in Sydney for the Prime Minister to take action but we are seeing the same double standard, time and time again.”