There are changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment

29 September 2021

How the 70% and 80% fully vaccinated rate will affect the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

When your state or territory reaches 70% fully vaccinated

When 70% of people 16 years or older in your state or territory are fully vaccinated with 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, your automatic COVID-19 Disaster Payment will stop.

If you’re still affected by movement restrictions, you’ll need to reapply for the payment each week so we know you're still eligible.

When your state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated

When 80% of people 16 years or older in your state or territory are fully vaccinated with 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, your COVID-19 Disaster Payment will reduce over 2 weeks. You'll need to reapply for the payment each week so we know you're still eligible.

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

  • one $450 payment if you’ve lost more than 8 hours of work and you're not getting an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) payment
  • one $100 payment if you've lost more than 8 hours of work and you’re getting an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment.

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

  • be one $320 payment if you've lost more than 8 hours of work and you’re not 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 won't be available in your area.

If you are in need of long term financial support, you can test your eligibility for an income support payment. Use our COVID-19 payment guide to see what you may be able to get.

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

Page last updated: 5 October 2021