How much you can get

The Coronavirus Supplement is a fortnightly payment on top of your eligible income support payment.

The Coronavirus Supplement is currently available at a rate of $250 per fortnight until 31 December 2020. Subject to the passage of legislation, it will be available at a rate of $150 per fortnight from 1 January until 31 March 2021.

This means as long as you’re eligible you’ll get $250 with your regular payment when you report on or before 13 January 2021. For all reporting dates on or after 14 January 2021, you’ll get $150 per fortnight with your regular payment. You’ll continue to get $150 per fortnight until 31 March 2021 as long as you’re eligible.

We’ll automatically add it to your income support payment if you’re eligible.

If you’re income managed or have a Cashless Debit Card, we’ll treat it the same as your regular payment. We’ll apply the same split you currently get for your whole payment.

The Coronavirus Supplement is taxable. You need to include it in your family income estimate for Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy.

The Coronavirus Supplement counts as income for child support purposes. You also need to declare it as income in your tax return for the 2020–21 financial year. You can ask us to set up a tax deduction for you.

You don’t need to report the Coronavirus Supplement as part of your fortnightly income. This is because it’s part of your Centrelink payment.

Next: How to claim

How to claim varies if you’re a new or existing customer.

Page last updated: 10 November 2020