COVID-19 Disaster Payment
A support payment for workers adversely affected by a state public health order.
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This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 state or territory public health order. This may involve a lockdown, hotspot or movement restrictions.
How much you can get will depend on your individual circumstances.
70% fully vaccinated
Automatic payments will stop when 70% of people 16 years or older in your state or territory are fully vaccinated with 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you’re still affected by movement restrictions, you’ll need to reapply for the payment each week so we know you remain eligible.
80% vaccination rates
When 80% of people 16 years or older in your state or territory are fully vaccinated with 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, your COVID-19 Disaster Payment will reduce over 2 weeks. You’ll need to reapply for the payment each week so we know you’re still eligible.
The first week after your state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated, COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be one payment of:
- $450 if you’ve lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work and you’re not getting an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) payment
- $100 if you’ve lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work and you’re getting an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment.
The second week after a state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated rates, COVID-19 Disaster Payment will:
- be one $320 payment if you’ve lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work and you’re not getting an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment
- end if you’re getting an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment.
After this period, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment won’t be available in your area.
Check if the payment is available and if you need to reapply in any of these areas:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
Watch this video to learn about changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
Page last updated: 13 October 2021
This information was printed 7 October 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.