The Downer Hardship Fund

A financial assistance fund known as the Downer Hardship Fund has been created to help ease the financial hardship for stood down Spotless/Downer permanent full or part-time employees. The fund includes salary contributions from our Board Directors and wider Downer/Spotless Executive team members.

It’s a one-off payment of up to $1,500 and available for those permanent full or part-time Downer/Spotless employees who have been stood down, not yet placed as part our redeployment program, and experiencing financial hardship.

Who is eligible to apply?

Permanent Spotless/Downer employees (part or full-time) who have been stood down and experiencing severe financial hardship. Casual employees are not eligible for this payment.

How to apply

Submit an application form. If you have any further questions please contact your local HR representative for a confidential conversation.


Attention: Hardship Program

Application form: Downer Hardship Program Application Form



We have been working with Government officials to seek clarification regarding Spotless’ eligibility to participate in the JobKeeper Payment Scheme.  On the current rules, we do not meet the criteria for eligibility.  While we will continue to explore our options, that may take some time.

With this in mind, it’s important to consider your financial situation if you are an impacted employee. We realise how disappointing this is and we will let you know if this situation changes regarding Spotless’ eligibility.

We strongly encourage you to consider other financial avenues such as applying for the JobSeeker payment for temporary financial assistance during this difficult time.


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