Who can get it

You must meet all eligibility rules to get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment - Queensland (Qld).

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 state pandemic payment or a state small business payment for the same period
  • you couldn’t work and earn your usual income of 8 hours or more or a full day’s work because you were in the COVID-19 hotspot and are subject to 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 7 June 2021 or had declared ongoing employment income on or after 7 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 Qld that is subject to a restricted movement order.

You meet the requirement of living or working in a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot and may be eligible for the payment 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.

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.

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: What the locations are

There are no current locations where COVID-19 lockdowns, hotspots or movement restrictions apply in Queensland.

Page last updated: 3 September 2021