Who can get it

You must meet all eligibility rules to get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment - Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

To get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, you need to meet all eligibility rules that apply.

This includes all of these rules:

  • you get an income support payment or ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • you’re 17 years or older
  • you’re not getting the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, Dad and Partner Pay, Parental Leave Pay, a territory pandemic payment or a territory small business payment for the same period
  • you were unable to work and earn your usual income of 8 hours or more or a full day’s work because you were in the ACT COVID-19 hotspot and are subject to a restricted movement order
  • you don’t have any pandemic-related paid leave entitlements
  • you reported employment income to us at least once on or after 19 June 2021 or had declared ongoing employment income on or after 19 June 2021
  • you’re not getting your usual income and your employer is not getting Retaining Domestic Airline Capability payments on your behalf
  • you lived or worked in or visited a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot in the ACT that is subject to a restricted movement order.

You meet the requirement of living or working in a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot if both of these apply:

  • you live or work in an area which isn’t subject to restricted movement
  • you can’t work because you’re unable to cross into or out of the restricted movement area.

You no longer need to meet the Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot eligibility rule when both of these apply:

  • your state or territory has reached 80% fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine
  • we’ve granted your claim for COVID-19 Disaster Payment for a relevant period which includes the date your state or territory reached 80% fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

If you’re blind and getting Age Pension or Disability Support Pension, you don’t need to report your income to get this payment.

You don’t have to take annual leave before you can get this payment. If you choose to take annual leave and it doesn’t cover all the hours of work you’ve lost, you can still get the payment.

Restricted movement is a period when either:

  • people must stay at home and can only leave for approved reasons
  • there are restrictions on the number of people who can gather in a workplace, including a business.

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. A state or territory’s COVID-19 hotspot declaration automatically ends when a state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

A full day of your usual work is what you were scheduled to work but could not because of a restricted movement order. This includes not being able to attend a full time, part time or casual shift of less than 8 hours.

Next: 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.

Page last updated: 19 October 2021