COVID-19 Disaster Payment

A support payment for workers adversely affected by a state public health order.

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Call our Multilingual Phone Service to speak with us in your language about your Centrelink payments and services.

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:

Watch this video to learn about changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Page last updated: 13 October 2021