Who can get it

You must meet all eligibility rules to get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment - New South Wales (NSW).

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

This includes all of these rules:

  • you’re getting 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 for the same period
  • you’re not getting a state or territory pandemic payment or a state small business payment for the same period
  • you’ve lost hours of work and income due to a lockdown in your state and don’t have any pandemic-related paid leave entitlements
  • you reported employment income to us at least once on or after 29 April 2021 or had ongoing employment income on or after 29 April 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 NSW 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 locked down
  • you can’t work because you’re unable to cross into or out of the lockdown area.

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

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: 14 September 2021