Families, individuals and businesses across NSW will benefit from a targeted $2.8 billion package developed to accelerate recovery following the three month lockdown due to the Delta COVID-19 outbreak.

The NSW Government’s Economic Recovery Strategy released today includes funding to stimulate economic activity in cities and regions with a strong focus on rebuilding and supporting businesses, helping the hip pocket and boosting jobs.

Cabinet Secretary, the Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones welcomed the package which includes  $250 in vouchers to households of school-aged children in 2021 to help stimulate spending and economic activity.

“As life returns to normal the Government is looking to encourage people to get out and support the many local businesses who did it tough throughout the lockdown,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“This package ensures that our state can bounce back better than before.”

The NSW Government’s Economic Recovery Strategy includes:

  • $500 million to restore consumer and business confidence, including the expansion of Dine & Discover and Stay & Rediscover accommodation vouchers;
  • $250 million to support jobs and skills, including help for job seekers to retrain or upskill;
  • $212.2 million to boost vital sectors, including additional funding for the performing arts sector, an Alfresco Restart Package, and support to bring our cities back to life;
  • $200 million to boost regional NSW, including support for events, facilities and local infrastructure, and housing; and
  • $75 million to boost communities across the state, including support for tourism, events, sport and recreation.  

The strategy also assists those most impacted during lockdown including:

  • $739.3 million in household and social support, including housing support for vulnerable Aboriginal communities, expansion of solar rebates, support measures for victims of domestic and family violence, and vouchers to parents who have facilitated home learning for their children;       
  • $495 million in education support to address learning gaps for children in need and to help schools adapt to future possible learning disruptions; and
  • $130 million for a mental health recovery package to provide immediate access to help for anyone whose mental health has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 24 Hour Economy Commissioner will take on the additional role of NSW COVID-19 Recovery Commissioner to oversee the implementation of the Economic Recovery Strategy. For more information and to view the full strategy visit:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/economic-recovery-strategy