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, there will be changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
You can only reapply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you’ve already been granted the payment for a relevant period. This period must include the date your state or territory reaches 80% full vaccination. If this is the case, you can reapply for the payment for up to 2 more weeks.
The COVID-19 Disaster Payment will reduce over a period of up to 2 weeks.
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. If you need further financial support, test your eligibility for an income support payment. Use our Payment and Service Finder to see what payments and services you may be able to get.
Check if COVID-19 Disaster 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: 9 November 2021
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