There are changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment

21 October 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, automatic COVID-19 Disaster Payments 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, there will be changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

You can only reapply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you’ve been granted for a relevant period which includes the date your state or territory reaches 80% full vaccination.

You can only reapply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you’ve already been granted the payment for a relevant period. This period must include the date your state or territory reaches 80% full vaccination. If this is the case, you can reapply for the payment for up to 2 more weeks.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment amount will reduce over a period of up to 2 weeks.

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

  • $450 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
  • $100 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 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 have other support available if you’re affected by COVID-19.

Page last updated: 27 October 2021