How much you can get

The amount you can get depends on the income support payment you get.

This one off payment is equal to a week’s pay at your existing income support payment rate.

It doesn’t include extra allowances or supplements.

Number of times you can get it

The number of times you can get Crisis Payment depends on the reason you’re making the claim. If you either:

  • have arrived in Australia on a refugee or humanitarian visa, you can only claim once
  • are going through extreme circumstances, you can get up to 4 payments over 12 months
  • get out of prison, you can claim each time you leave prison.

Page last updated: 24 October 2019