If you need a payment

You may get a payment from us if you or your family are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you’ve been told to quarantine or isolate or are caring for someone with COVID-19

You may be able to get the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment if you can’t work and either:

  • a state or territory health official has told you to isolate or quarantine because you’re a close contact of a confirmed case or have COVID-19
  • you’re caring for someone with COVID-19.

You can’t get this payment if you’re getting an income support payment.

If you’ve lost work due to COVID-19 restrictions

You may be able to get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you’re unable to earn income because of a restricted movement order.

It’s currently available for Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Victoria in limited circumstances.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment will end soon after a state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated.

Read more about COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

If you’re eligible for a payment from us and are in severe financial hardship

If you’re eligible for a payment from us and are in severe financial hardship, you may be able to get either:

If you need ongoing financial support

If you need another payment or service, read more about Getting a Centrelink payment.

Page last updated: 12 November 2021