- NSW has sent thousands of court orders to recoup unpaid COVID-19 hotel quarantine bills
- More than 17,750 people owe $39.3 million for using Sydney’s quarantine hotels, Fairfax outlets have reported.
- About one in 15 of those who quarantined in NSW hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic are yet to pay up.
Single travellers were charged $1,500 per week, with each additional adult costing another $500 and children over three years $250 per week.
Over $39 million in hotel quarantine bills sought for ‘essential services’
Revenue NSW has issued garnishee orders to 5,190 bank accounts for outstanding hotel quarantine debts since July, the newspaper said.
“And unfortunately, the government needs that money to run essential services.”
Revenue NSW explains garnishee orders
Revenue NSW said contact details provided by guests when checking in to a quarantine hotel were being used to pursue payment.
“A customer’s bank is responsible for withdrawing the funds and ensuring the minimum amount ($570) is left in the account.”
Negotiations with Queensland continue over debt for hotel quarantine agreement
The Queensland bill was once estimated at $30 million but the NSW treasurer in August said it had ballooned to $105 million.
In the first five months, NSW – mainly through Sydney Airport – took in 40 per cent of all passengers requiring hotel quarantine.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/nsw-resorts-to-court-orders-to-recoup-unpaid-covid-19-hotel-quarantine-bills/i2rrunhbe NSW issues thousands of court orders to recoup unpaid COVID-19 hotel quarantine bills