How to claim

If you get a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) payment, complete these steps to claim the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Before you claim, check:

If you have a partner, you may both be eligible to claim this payment. You and your partner will need to make separate claims.

Watch this video to learn more about claiming the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Claiming if you’re an Australian resident

Australian residents must claim online. If you’re a protected visa holder, you’re considered to be an Australian resident and can claim online.

Read our guide on how to claim the COVID-19 Disaster Payment online.

Follow these steps to claim.

1. Get ready to claim

To claim online, you need a myGov account linked to Centrelink.

If you don’t have a myGov account, you’ll need to set it up online.

If your myGov account isn’t linked to Centrelink, you can prove who you are through myGov to link to Centrelink.

2. Link Centrelink to your myGov account

You’ll need to link Centrelink to your myGov account.

You can use your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) to link Centrelink to myGov. You’ll also need to answer some personal questions.

If you don’t know your CRN or can’t answer the personal questions using your CRN, select I need a CRN. You’ll need to prove your identity online, using myGov. Follow the same instructions for ‘If you haven’t claimed a payment before’.

3. Make your claim

You can follow these steps to make your claim:

  1. Sign in to myGov and select Apply for support from the Government support for coronavirus alert.
  2. Under Affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), select Get started.
  3. Select Apply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
  4. Answer the eligibility and claim questions.
  5. Submit your claim.

When you’re ready:

Sign in to myGov

If you want to talk to us in your language, call our Multilingual Phone Service.

Claiming if you’re an eligible working visa holder

If you hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia, and you don’t already have a Centrelink online account you must call either:

We can help you to claim either:

  • online
  • over the phone.

If you meet identity requirements, we’ll give you a myGov linking code so you can claim online. You’ll need to provide some personal information and details from 2 acceptable identity documents. Once you prove your identity, we’ll link Centrelink to your myGov account.

Make sure you have your identity documents ready so you can prove your identity over the phone.

When you have your myGov linking code, follow these steps to claim online.

1. Get ready to claim

To claim online, you need a myGov account linked to Centrelink.

If you don’t have a myGov account, you’ll need to set it up online.

2. Link Centrelink to your myGov account

You’ll need to link Centrelink to your myGov account. Use your linking code and follow the steps to link a service using a linking code.

3. Make your claim

Follow these steps to make your claim:

  1. Sign in to myGov and select Apply for support from the Government support for coronavirus alert.
  2. Under Affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), select Get started.
  3. Select Apply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
  4. Answer the eligibility and claim questions.
  5. Submit your claim.

When you’re ready:

Sign in to myGov

Page last updated: 14 October 2021