Crisis Payment for National Health Emergency (COVID-19)

A one-off payment if you’re affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

To get this you must be:

  • eligible for an income support payment or ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • in severe financial hardship
  • in Australia when you claim.

You must also contact us within 14 days of entering quarantine or self-isolation, or caring for someone who is.

You can’t get this crisis payment for lockdown. This is because you can leave your home for reasons including:

  • essential work
  • exercise
  • support visits
  • buying food and medicine.

Read about who can get it.

Page last updated: 30 March 2021