COVID-19 Disaster Payment will soon end for ACT and NSW

18 October 2021

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and New South Wales (NSW) has reached the 80% full vaccination rate.

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Only people who have been granted COVID-19 Disaster Payment for a relevant period that includes the date their state or territory reached 80% full vaccination can reapply for the payment. These people can reapply for the payment for a period of up to 2 weeks after 80% fully vaccinated. You must reapply so we know you’re still eligible.

Changes in the first week after 80% fully vaccinated

In the first week after a state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be a payment of:

  • $450 if you’ve lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work and aren’t getting an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) payment
  • $100 if you’ve lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work and you’re getting an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment.

Changes in the second week after fully vaccinated

In the second week after a state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will:

  • be a $320 payment if you’ve lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work and aren’t getting an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment
  • end if you’re getting an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment.

After this period, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will no longer be available in your area.

If you’re claiming for the ACT

As of 18 October 2021, 80% of people 16 years or older in ACT have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The first week after 80% fully vaccinated is the relevant period of 22 October to 28 October 2021. If you get an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment, you won’t get any more COVID-19 Disaster Payments after this week.

The second week after 80% fully vaccinated is the relevant period of 29 October to 4 November 2021.

After this period, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will no longer be available for the ACT.

If you’re claiming for NSW

As of 17 October 2021, 80% of people 16 years or older in NSW have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The first week after 80% fully vaccinated is the relevant period of:

  • 21 to 27 October 2021 for parts of Sydney
  • 24 to 30 October 2021 for Greater Sydney and other areas of NSW
  • 19 to 25 October 2021 if you get an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment.

The second week after 80% fully vaccinated is the relevant period of:

  • 28 October to 3 November 2021 for parts of Sydney
  • 31 October to 6 November 2021 for Greater Sydney and other areas of NSW.

After this period, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment won’t be available for NSW.

If you need further financial support, you can test your eligibility by submitting a claim for an income support payment. If we grant your claim, it could affect your eligibility for COVID-19 Disaster Payment. Consider your circumstances before submitting your claim. Use our Payment and Service Finder to see what payments and services you may be able to get.

We also have other support available if you’re affected by COVID-19.

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Page last updated: 10 December 2021