COVID-19 Disaster Payment

A support payment for Victorian workers adversely affected by a state public health order.

This is a lump sum payment to help Victorian workers unable to earn income due to lockdown restrictions.

You may be eligible if all of the following apply:

  • you can’t attend work and lost income on or after day 8 of a COVID-19 lockdown
  • you don’t have access to appropriate paid leave entitlements through your employer
  • you’re not getting an income support payment, a state or territory pandemic payment, Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment or state small business payment for the same period.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a one off payment to help you when lockdown lasts for more than 7 days. You can’t get this payment for the first 7 days of lockdown.

Lockdown is a period of restricted movement when people must stay at home and can only leave for approved reasons.

A hotspot is an area of COVID-19 local transmission declared by the Chief Medical Officer. The Department of Health website lists the current hotspots.

If you’re affected by the lockdown in Greater Melbourne in June 2021

The relevant period of lockdown for Greater Melbourne is Friday 4 June 2021 to Thursday 10 June 2021.

Page last updated: 10 June 2021