How much you can get

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is $200 each week if you get an eligible income support payment. You’ll get this amount on top of your regular payment.

You can only get one $200 payment each week. You’ll continue to get your regular income support payment on your usual pay dates.

When your state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated

The payment amount will reduce when 80% of people 16 years or older in a state or territory have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll need to reapply for the payment 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 a payment of $100 if you’ve lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work.

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

After this period, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment won’t be available in your area.

Key dates

These are the dates for the claiming period. To get the payment, you must meet all the eligibility rules on at least one day during the relevant period.

Claims for the following relevant periods have closed:

  • 13 to 19 August 2021
  • 20 to 26 August 2021
  • 27 August to 2 September 2021
  • 3 to 9 September 2021
  • 10 to 16 September 2021
  • 17 to 23 September 2021.

You can still claim for the other periods.

Relevant period Claims open Claims close
24 to 30 September 2021 1 October 2021 21 October 2021
1 to 7 October 2021 8 October 2021 28 October 2021
8 to 14 October 2021 15 October 2021 4 November 2021
15 to 22 October 2021 22 October 2021 11 November 2021

Automatic payments have stopped as 70% of people 16 years or older in ACT have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The last relevant period for automatic payments is 1 to 7 October 2021.

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

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is tax free income. You don’t need to include it in your tax return or report it to us as income.

Next: 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.

Page last updated: 16 October 2021