Kiwi expats, Jacinda Ardern still pushing for full access to Australia's benefit system

Kiwis across the Tasman have finally been recognised and offered Australia's COVID-19 wage subsidies.

But with concerns many will fall through the loopholes, Kiwi expats and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are still pushing for their access to the benefit system.

Jonathan Brough is a director who's worked on hit shows like Wentworth. However his latest production - a comedy called Yes, Chef - was shut down due to COVID-19

On Tuesday there was some hope from Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison - he's decided Kiwis will be eligible for his wage subsidy scheme. 

But Brough is a freelancer so he won't get it.

New Zealanders aren't eligible for welfare in Australia, while Australians can claim the benefit here. 

Australian businesses are eligible for $750 per week per employee for six months. In comparison, New Zealand's subsidy is $585 per week for half that time. 

Newshub understands options for when the 12-week payment runs out are already being worked on. 

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